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Criterion Collection: 4 By Agnes Varda [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Paris: A woman's view, a woman's film 18 Jan. 2012
By Dr René Codoni - Published on
Format: DVD
Cléo de cinq à sept (Agnès Varda, 1962)

After Jacques Demy's Lola, his wife's Agnès Varda's Cléo de cinq à sept (1962), is the second Nouvelle Vague Rive gauche (Left Bank of the Seine River) production review, to be followed by Alain Resnais' La guerre est finie (1966), and finally short films by Rive gauche auteurs (Marker, Varda and Resnais).

There is a famous production shot of Cléo: The heroine on a bed in her studio, attended by about twelve men (technicians und beauticians at all levels), behind her Agnès Varda at the camera. So what appears as a first woman's movie is actually still in the man's world of the movies, where women are just the stars. I do not remember how women's lib reacted to it, but it remains an amazing film, and Agnès Varda, a very feminine figure, an exception to the rule. It also gives us a view of pre-1968 Paris, and is a deeply personal, never voyeuristic event.

Cléo, in a way like High Noon, the Western (Fred Zinnemann, 1952), is a real time movie, from five to seven. The lead, intelligently played by beautiful Corinne Marchand, is a singer who, this late afternoon, in understandable anxiety, awaits her specialist doctor's verdict on a detailed cancer test. With her servant and a friend, she runs various errands to kill time, visits a fortune teller, and, finally, is on her walk through Paris towards the hospital to collect the doctor's verdict. She is accompanied by a soldier on leave from the Algerian war, a chance meeting. The doctor's verdict is clear, but he sees considerable chances to heal by treatment.

What Jacques Demy's Lola (1962) addressed in a lighter form is here a more explicit, quasi an urban form of existentialism, with the themes of self-obsession (hence the many mirrors), mortality, despair. The film has a strong feminine viewpoint, asking how women are perceived. Cléo finds herself questioning the doll-like image people have of her, and is overcome by a feeling of isolation from her nearest. It is typically only in the company of a stranger - a soldier, who is regularly exposed to death - that she is able to have a sincere conversation that eventually put her problems in perspective.

The film includes a short silent slapstick strip with cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy as characters. While full of cinematographic quotes - like Lumière's L'arroseur arose - it reminds you of the dream sequence insets in Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1958). Most unusual, but fitting very well into the wider Dance des morts-motif of the film.

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic box 21 Jun. 2008
By MarkusG - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If You like Varda, or the french new wave, or french film, then this box is well worth buying. My favourite films of the four are Cleo and Le Bonheur. Lots of extra material, and the box is well designed.
Four Films by a Great French Director 18 Jun. 2010
By Zarathustra - Published on
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I had not heard of Agnes Varda before I ordered this Criterion collection. I had seen Vagabond on cable and liked it but did not know that she was the director. Thus I was amazed at the originality and beauty of these four films, remastered by Criterion. Each film, dating from 1955 to 1985, is unique and compelling.
Varda is now making documentaries. I just watched The Gleaners and I and also highly recommend it.
The Criterion set has many interesting interviews that make the collection more valuable.
I note that a volume 2 of Varda films is available, but only in PAL and region 2. I look forward to a release of volume 2 in a region 1 format.
A Must Have 5 Jan. 2015
By Cooper S Stimson - Published on
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A beautiful collection of four beautiful films, by one of the most important French directors of the twentieth century.
By HAN XIAO - Published on
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