Belgian-born Varda has been called the mother of the French New Wave. Her first feature, LA POINTE COURTE (1956) – which she wrote and directed with no formal training – is considered to be the film that inspired the movement. Varda has experimented with all forms of filmmaking from shorts to documentaries to narrative feature films during her more than 60-year career, including such works as the New Wave classic CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, LE BONHEUR, VAGABOND, her autobiographical documentary THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS and her most recent work, FACES PLACES.
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Cleo From 5 To 7
Varda’s second feature, CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, becomes a major international success. Set in real time as a pop singer awaits the results of a medical test, the film is considered a landmark in world cinema and particularly the French New Wave. The same year, she marries Jacques Demy, the acclaimed director of such films as THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, LOLA and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT.
The World of Jacques Demy
Jacques Demy passes away. Shortly before his death, he was on set as Varda made the film JACQUOT DE NANTES, released in 1991 and based on Demy’s childhood. In 1995, she also directs a documentary about his work, THE WORLD OF JACQUES DEMY; she and their son, Mathieu Demy, are instrumental in the decades-long process of preserving and reissuing his films.
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