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La Pointe-Courte

Agnès VARDA

  • France
  • 1954
  • 81min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • b&w
  • Fiction

After studying photography and art history, Agnès VARDA delved into the arts by taking documentary photos of Theatre Festival d'Avignon upon an offer from Jean VILAR, a theater director and her oldest friend. She then directed her first feature La Pointe-Courte without learning the language nor the technology of filmmaking, yet it has been cited by many critics as a forerunner of the French New Wave. The film combines fiction form with that of documentary, expressing VARDA’s creative world where life structure is translated into film structure with a unique documentary and visual aesthetic, crossing types of media and never subscribing to any specific formal language of the arts. Filmed in VARDA’s hometown, a southern seaside village in France, the locals’ daily lives are portrayed with a documentaryesque realism while at the same time the film lyrically roams around various places by the sea, presenting a fictional story about an unhappy couple. Yet these two forms and stories never merge into one. Furthermore, VARDA offers a contemplative description about a family who have lost a child. Her obsessive interest and contemplative description about death are continuously reflected in her later films including Cleo from 5 to 7, Le Bonheur, and Vagabond. On a side note, La Pointe-Courte also contains the influence of editor Alain RESNAIS through the images and sounds that focus on portraying the memories and the inner workings of the two characters. [LEE Nara]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade

Director

  • Agnès VARDA
    Born in Ixelles, Brussels on May 30, 1928 and died on March 29, 2019.
    VARDA was an extraordinary artist who pioneered modern cinema through installation arts, photography, live action films, and documentaries. As the mother of the Nouvelle Vague, she is also known as a pioneer of female films not only in France but throughout the world. As an expressive feminist, VARDA is famous for her critical essays on documentary-like reality and her interests on everyday life, photography, and arts.

Credit

  • Cast Silvia MONFORT, Philippe NOIRET
  • Screenwriter Agnès VARDA
  • Cinematographer Louis STEIN
  • Editor Alain RESNAIS
  • Music Pierre BARBAUD

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