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Criterion Coll: Cleo From 5 to 7 [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck, Michel Legrand
  • Directors: Agnès Varda
  • Writers: Agnès Varda
  • Producers: Carlo Ponti, Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780023234
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,761 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
"Cleo from 5 to 7" was written and directed by the former photojournalist Agnes Varda in 1962. The film tells the story of two hours in the life of a Pop singer as she awaits the results of a cancer test. The film is shot in nearly real-time as the film is only 90 min long lending it almost a documentary quality. What we get is a tour of Paris as she goes about her business. What I like is that the film,and Cleo, do not sink into self-pity but rather take on a existential quality which is caused by uncertainty or not knowing the ultimate result. In many ways it reminded me of other films like "Ikiru" (Kurosawa, 1952) and even "Le Feu Follet" (Malle,1963) in its exploration of this existential angst. Cleo feels that this possible illness leaves her feeling potentially naked, filling her with a feeling of immodesty. In terms of existentialism this film has a happy ending but depending on your philosophy you may not agree. I certainly do.

"Cleo from 5 to 7" starred former club singer Corinne Marchand who delivers a wonderful performance as Cleo. Cinematography was by Jean Rabier who shot several films for new wave directors like Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,1967) and Claude Chabrol (Le Boucher,1969) .
"Cleo" truly is a highlight of the French new wave and should be seen by all serious film fans.

This Criterion transfer is of a good standard presented in 1.66:1 with optional English subtitles and was supervised by Agnes Varda herself.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MRAM on 20 Nov 2011
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Agnes Varda's experimental film Cleo from 5 to 7, brings us into two hours of a pop singer Cleo's (Corinne Marchand) life, who is awaiting the results of her test for cancer. During this time she meets a variety of different people, her emotions changing rapidly, depending on the time, place and characters.

This film is an interesting study of a woman's plea for help from those who are close to her. When there is no answer, she walks around the streets, exchanging her doll like appearance for a more mature look and eventually finds a response from a stranger who is just a few days away from going to war.

The film is in black and white, except for the opening scene. It shows a selection of fortune tellers cards which are being sorted. As the camera moves away, towards the psychics face, the screen changes from vivid colour to black and white, which it remains during the rest of the film. This shows how strongly Cleo believes in her superstitions and how she looks at the rest of the world in a completely different light.

The film includes cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy. Composer Michel Legrand, who wrote the film's score, plays Bob the pianist.

Very stylish, with a excellent script and mesmerizing cinematography, Agnes Varda's masterpiece is a work of art, a true French New Wave classic and a fascinating exploration into 60's Paris.

Special Features: Over an hour of bonus material arranged by Varda. "Memories & Anecdotes", Varda Interview, "Cleo's Time-Lapse Trajectory" and "About The Fiances". Short films: "Fiances on the Bridge", "Cariatides of Paris"

Language: French with English subtitles.
Dolby Digital 2.0
Region 2
Colour & Black and White
Certificate: PG
Running time: 90 mins
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 9 Dec 2011
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For me one of the best of the New Wave films. Not as flash or confrontational as Godard, leaner than Truffaut and Rivette, 'Cleo' manages to be bold and experimental while at the same time giving you characters you are able to be emotionally involved with. Some striking images (the Tarot-reading colour sequence at the start, tribal art in shop windows, a baby carried in a portable incubator), a song sung to camera and a fun silent cinema-style interlude featuring Godard, Brially and Anna Karina, make for a memorable ninety minutes.

The tones of the monchrome feature are pleasingly rich. The extras include a half-hour documentary, a short film recreating Cleo's route across Paris and a short documentary by Agnes Varda about the Caryatids of Paris.

If you're a fan of the Nouvelle Vague, it's likely you'll have this already. If you've not seen 'Cleo' yet, don't delay a moment longer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Oct 2013
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Cleo from 5 to 7, (Cleo de 5 a 7), (1961). In this intelligent 90 minute classic comedy/drama from French director Agnes Varda, wife of better-known French director Jacques Demy (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG), young singer Cleo (Corrine Marchand) nervously walks the Paris streets as she awaits the results of her cancer biopsy. The film, which was a French/Italian co-production, with production honors going to Carlo Ponte, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, at which it received several awards.

Cleo's a beautiful girl, and director Varda, in an interview she gave, says that her film divides in two parts. At first, Cleo goes out in a lovely, colorful dress, and Paris, "le tout Paris," as the French say, looks admiringly at her. Then the star changes into a little black dress, and when she goes out again, she actually looks at the city, as she ponders the meaning of life in general and her life in particular. Her observations here offer a close look at the city's rich and varied street life. Her despair is lightened when she meets Antoine, (Antoine Bourseiller), a young soldier on his way back to Algeria.

Michel Legrand, composer of the beloved score of THE UMBRELLAS, plays Bob, the pianist who brings Cleo new songs: he provided the score for this film as well. Jose Luis de Vilallonga plays the young woman's lover. Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, and well-known actors Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy make unaccredited cameo appearances as the actors in "Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires)," (1961), the silent film short shown to Cléo, which was also made by director Varda.
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