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  • Actors: Corinne Marchand, Sandrine Bonnaire, Stephane Freiss, Dorothe Blank
  • Directors: Agnes Varda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GTFL2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Agnes Varda used the skills she honed early in her career as a photographer to create some of the most nuanced, thought-provoking films of the past fifty years. She is widely believed to have presaged the French new wave with her first film, La Pointe Courte, which is featured here in this collection of her most prestigious work. Featured in this collection are La Pointe Courte (1954), Cleo 5 to 7 (1961), Le Bonheur (1964), La Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (2000).

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 6 Oct. 2009
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Pre-ordered this set at an incredibly low price from Amazon and while the contents include the superb Cleo from 5 to 7,it DOES NOT include her best film Vagabond.And it is a 4 disc set not 3.
What is in is as follows
La Pointe Courte(1954)
Her debut feature about a married couple(an early Philippe Noiret)and their difficult relationship is slight but well played.

Cleo from 5 to 7(1961)
Ostensibly about a singer(Corinne Marchand)who wanders around Paris in real time while waiting for the results of a biopsy.However Varda imbues the proceedings with some unexpected moments and a cute "film within a film" which showcases some of the other New Wave luminaries and cinematographer Jean Rabier's Paris is beautiful to behold.

Le Bonheur(1964)
Sad but potent mood piece about a carpenter Francois(Jean-Claude Drouot) who chooses mistress over wife with tragic results.Drouot's on screen family are actually his own.

Gleaners And I(2000)
Disarming documentary about those people on the margins of society.Here the "gleaners" are collectors or as the boxset suggests "foragers"who search for discarded things for pleasure,importance,etc.Varda feels a real affinity for this inclination and that is why the film works so well.

Nice bunch of extras and a very worthwhile set of a very underrated film-maker
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philippe D. on 6 Oct. 2009
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Pieces of work such as these films, of such singularity and sensitivity, are the reason why the art of Cinema is Great. If Agnes Varda's work should need an introduction and a follow up, this collection is it. Moreover these are films of incredible depth that will require plunges amany for the viewer to fully appreciate them. All of Agnes Varda's essential work is presented here, including the seminal 2001 "The Gleaners and I". The contents are priceless. The technical side is flawless. A must for any film lover. And a magic surprise in the waiting for those who have yet to discover Agnes Varda.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 11 Feb. 2010
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We are great fans of Agnes Vardas films and I was excited to obtain this collection. One film of the four 'The Point Courte' had no subtitles! My husband has no French! Very disappointing. I now feel hesitant about buying the second collection. What if they have no subtitles either?
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By Frank TALKER on 26 Jan. 2015
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Despite the eye-ravishing photography, the pretty girls and Mozart on the soundtrack, this is more about the affects of happiness than its causes. Ultimately, this is also more about the instability of Western marriage, since it confronts issues of trust, sexual jealousy and erotic temptation. But, again, it only deals with their affects and not their causes.
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