“I live in cinema. I feel I’ve lived here forever.” As both director and subject, Agnes Varda is inseparable from the feature films and documentaries that she has made. The French New Wave pioneer became just as known for her dual-toned bowl-cut hairstyle and lively spirit as she did for her game-changing films such as La Pointe Court, Cleo from 5 to 7, and The Gleaners and I. And it’s in those films that she’ll be forever remembered following her death this Friday from breast cancer. She was 90 years old.
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The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, and is just the sort of thing to turn new audiences on to films from each of those filmmakers, or, if you’re already a fan of that crew, to bolster your knowledge of each. Watch the full Great Directors documentary below. Read More »