“Cinema is my home. I think I’ve always lived in it.” – Agnes Varda
Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7), Agnes Varda’s classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, 90 minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the result of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition.
- The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early-Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda never considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du cinema group of critics-turned-film-makers.
- Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda’s early career as a student of art history and as a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy Algerian war to which Cléo’s health concerns and ambitions to become a pop singer make her more or less oblivious. His study is the first to set a reading of Cléo’s formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a visual document of its historical moment.
- Steven Ungar’s foreword to this new edition looks back upon Varda’s film-making career and considers her contributions as a female auteur and in the context of the French New Wave.
Published: September 2020
Size (cm): 19 x 14 x 1
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