Lions Love (1969)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
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Agnes Varda directed this drama which combines formal dramatic structures with the openness of improvisational cinema verite. Independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke plays an avant-garde film director attempting to work with a major studio to finance her next project, in which she hopes to collaborate with James Rado and Jerome Ragni, creators of the musical Hair (who play themselves). She also wants to use Andy Warhol superstar Viva (who also appears as herself) as her leading lady. However, after
Dec 1, 1969 Wide
Max L. Raab Productions
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The result is a pleasant, sometimes humorous blend of style and technique that ultimately is unsuccessful.
There is so much that is so pleasant in Lions Love that I wish Miss Varda hadn't tried to give it a larger significance.
Varda's film teeters on the edge of total absurdity, running roughshod over cinematic conventions of all kinds while retaining a lucid outsider's perspective on its milieu.
The Design for Living hippiness saunters on, cramming in zeitgeist, Le Bonheur triangulation, and whoever happened to be on the set
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