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Diary of a Pregnant Woman
Varda’s second film sings with the compassion and formal creativity that would become her hallmark as a filmmaker, through an ‘opera’ of Paris’ Rue Mouffetard. Made whilst Varda herself was pregnant (her belly is the film’s first shot), the filmmaker combines documentation of street life with fictive staged scenes, realism with surrealism, to birth a film that observes and imagines the texture of urban life, paying close attention to the lives of the less fortunate through the gaze of a distinctly female flâneur.
France 1958 Dir Agnés Varda 17 min
With great humanism and tenderness, Varda explores the lives and labour of her immediate neighbours. Aided by the magician Mystag, Varda conjures the 90 metres that surround her front door (an area defined by the cable run through her own letter box that powered her equipment) into a cinematic living museum. A time capsule of a block of a road, a celebration of Parisian urbanity, Varda enables her street’s shopkeeper’s to become protagonists in a demonstration of the cinema and life that lies, often overlooked, on the doorstep.
France 1975 Dir Agnés Varda 75 min
The So-Called Caryatids
Through Baudelaire’s poetry, Rameau’s music, and her own singular cinematic and pensive observations, Varda gives voice to the caryatids of Paris – the classical female sculptures used as architectural supports or pillars on building facades. An essay film full of playfulness, poetry and insight, with some of the silent women who literally keep Paris standing at its heart.
France 1984 Dir Agnés Varda 13 min