Agnes Varda

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Manchester University Press, Jul 15, 1998 - Performing Arts - 213 pages
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Agnès Varda, one of the major French filmmakers for the last forty years is here celebrated and situated by Alison Smith, by examining both the early films and the later successes, such as Sans Toit ni Loi (1985), Jane B. par Agnès V. (1987) and Jacquot de Nantes (1991). Smith considers Varda’s films in the light of her constant attention to film form, and proposes an integrated analysis of several major themes in her work, through a detailed study of her best-known or most significant films, which are then set in context against her lesser-known, but very extensive, oeuvre. The themes cover such issues as representation of place and community, representation of women and the use of memory, and are linked by a common concern with the process by which Varda transforms reality into constructed films. They owe their form to the combined subjectivity’s of the filmmaker, the subjects filmed, and the audience.
  

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Contents

Cinécriture and the power of images
12
People and places
60
Womens images and selfimages
92
Time and memory
142
Performance audience and actors
170
CONCLUSION
196
INDEX
210
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About the author (1998)

Alison Smith is Lecturer in French at Keele University.

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