The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents... Agnes Varda

June 24 - July, 1, 2009

Director Agnes Varda In Person with A Sneak Preview
of Her Latest Film: THE BEACHES OF AGNES

A gifted and outspoken feminist and one of the most acclaimed directors anywhere in the world, Agnes Varda could be considered the prototype of today’s independent filmmaker. Varda is a survivor, a stubborn and patient observer of her time and her people, like the pop singer in CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, the lovers in LE BONHEUR (HAPPINESS) or the drifter in VAGABOND. "I have fought so much since I started … for something that comes from emotion, from visual emotion, sound emotion, feeling, and finding a shape for that," Varda has said. Varda directed her first feature, LA POINTE COURTE, in 1954, with no formal training in filmmaking. The movie has often been identified as the film that started the French New Wave ("and a famous flop," as Varda has wryly noted). Along with Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, she made up the so-called "Left Bank Group" of the early 1960s, distinct from other New Wave directors for their interest in both documentary and fiction and their passion for both political and social filmmaking. Her marriage to Jacques Demy (1931-1990) made her one-half of the most beloved filmmaking couple of their day, and her tribute to Demy, JACQUOT DE NANTES, is one of her finest films.

Plus a Mini-Retrospective!
Including two documentaries capturing 1960s Los Angeles - shot when Varda and husband Jacques Demy lived in LA!

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