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La Pointe Courte

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 Vincendeau January 21, 2008

In September 1997, I saw Agnès Varda introduce a brand-new 35 mm print of her first feature film, La Pointe Courte (made in 1954), to an admiring audience at Yale University. More astonishing . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Did You See This?

September 23, 2016

To celebrate the beginning of autumn this week, the BFI has published a list of ten films set during the season, including Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn . . . Read more »


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Repertory Pick: Agnès Varda in Rochester

January 21, 2016

Next week, the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, will kick off Agnès Varda: (Self)-Portraits, Facts and Fiction, a monthlong series celebrating the pioneering . . . Read more »


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David Bordwell on Agnès​ Varda, Living Treasure

November 24, 2015

Film scholar David Bordwell has written a terrific new piece for his blog about the incredible influence and evolution of Agnès Varda’s six-decade-long filmmaking career. “Varda is now regarded . . . Read more »


News

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Agnès Varda Is Everywhere!

October 09, 2015

Agnès Varda keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. Read more »


Photo Galleries


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Agnès Varda in the Believer

October 23, 2009

Sheila Heti of the Believer had a chance to talk to Agnès Varda during the Toronto International Film Festival—or rather, a chance to be one of a group of reporters whom Varda, at the festival . . . 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 Agnès, makes its U.S. premiere at New York’s Film Forum, and for the occasion A. O. Scott has . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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

By Ginette Vincendeau January 21, 2008

In September 1997, I saw Agnès Varda introduce a brand-new 35 mm print of her first feature film, La Pointe Courte (made in 1954), to an admiring audience at Yale University. More astonishing . . . Read more »

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