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Agnès Varda

 
  • France
  • 1956
  • 80 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #419

The great Agnès Varda’s film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple (played by Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret) and a documentary-like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda’s discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French New Wave.

Credits

DirectorAgnès Varda
Written and directed byAgnès Varda and the inhabitants of La Pointe Courte
EditingAlain Resnais
MusicPierre Barbaud
Sound editingRobert Lion
Technical advisorCarlos Villardebo

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interview with director Agnès Varda
  • Excerpts from a 1964 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps, in which Varda discusses her early career
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

La Pointe Courte: How Agnès Varda “Invented” the New Wave

By Ginette VincendeauJanuary 21, 2008

In September 1997, I saw Agnès Varda introduce a brand-new 35 mm print of her first feature . . . Read more »

Clippings

Agnès Varda in the Believer

October 23, 2009

Sheila Heti of the Believer had a chance to talk to Agnès Varda during the Toronto . . . Read more »


Clippings

AGNÈS’S SANDS OF TIME

July 02, 2009

This week, Agnès Varda’s beguiling new film, the autobiographical documentary The Beaches of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

La Pointe Courte: How Agnès Varda “Invented” the New Wave

By Ginette VincendeauJanuary 21, 2008

In September 1997, I saw Agnès Varda introduce a brand-new 35 mm print of her first feature . . . Read more »