Agnes Varda, On-screen

This week we’re watching Agnes Varda’s Daguerreotypes, recently available on Netflix Instant (it was released in France in 1975 but never in America). The “Grandmother of the New Wave,” Varda’s doc focuses on the small collection of neighbors and shop owners outside her door on Rue Daguerre in the early 1970’s. It’s a fascinating cultural study of people who probably seemed mundane at the time, but they’re so interesting now because this way of life and these people no longer exist. Here, see an interview with Varda from 1956, discussing her first films and her directorial process.

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