Bite-sized blog post: Agnès Varda

Agnes Varda

Despite being only a few years older than Truffaut and Godard AGNÉS VARDA is known as the Grandmother of the French New Wave. With a background in art not cinema, her first film La Pointe Courte (1955) was made in her hometown without film training but by her simply picking up a camera and making it happen which has proven the inspiration for many of her subsequent films.

Varda did a brief stint in Hollywood where she directed Lions Love a film about New York transplants (including some of the famous Warhol crowd) in Los Angeles and a short documentary about the Black Panthers. Her time in Los Angeles was short lived but she returned to France to continue making movies and just last year at the age of 87 premiered her short Les 3 boutons at the Venice Film Festival.

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Read more about her:

Meet The Grandmother Of The French New Wave (NSFW)
La Pointe Courte: How Agnès Varda “Invented” the New Wave
Seeing California Through Agnès Varda’s Lens, in a Criterion Set – New York Times

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

2015Les 3 boutons (Short)
2011Agnes Varda: From Here to There (TV Mini-Series documentary) (5 episodes)
 2008The Beaches of Agnès (Documentary)
 2006Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier (Documentary)
 2005Les dites cariatides bis (Video documentary short)
 2004Cinévardaphoto (Documentary)
 2004Ydessa, the Bears and etc. (Documentary short)
 2003Le lion volatil (Short)
 2002Homage to Zgougou the Cat (Video documentary short)
 2000Short 4: Seduction (Video)
 2000The Gleaners & I (Documentary)
 1995The World of Jacques Demy (Documentary)
 1993Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (Documentary)
 1984The So-called Caryatids (Documentary short)
 1983Une minute pour une image (TV Series documentary)
 1982Ulysse (Documentary short)
 1981Mur murs (Documentary)
 1976Daguerréotypes (Documentary)
 1975Women Reply (Documentary short)
 1970Nausicaa (TV Movie)
 1969Lions Love (… and Lies) (as Agnes Varda)
 1968Huey (Documentary short)
 1967Oncle Yanco (Documentary short)
 1967Far from Vietnam (Documentary)
 1966Elsa la rose (Documentary short)
 1963Salut les Cubains (Documentary short)
 1958Du côté de la côte (Documentary short)
 1958La cocotte d’azur (Documentary short)
 1958O saisons, ô châteaux (Documentary short)