Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda

Highest Rated: 100% Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master) (1989)

Lowest Rated: 53% Americano (2012)

Birthday: May 30, 1928

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Agnès Varda has been called the "Grandmother of the New Wave," a well-meaning if curious tribute for a woman who directed her first feature film at the age of 26. Born in Brussels to a French father and Greek mother, Varda studied literature and psychology at the Sorbonne, and art history at the École du Louvre. She'd originally wanted to be a museum curator, but a night-school course in photography changed her mind. Rapidly establishing herself as a top-rank still photographer, Varda became the official cameraperson for the Theatre Festival of Avignon and the Theatre National Populaire, and then pursued a career as a photojournalist.Encouraged by filmmaker Alain Resnais, Varda made her movie directorial bow in 1955 with La Pointe Courte. She based the film on a William Faulkner short story, to which she was attracted because of its parallel plotlines (a recurring device in her later films). That same year, she accompanied another future New Wave director, Chris Marker, to China as visual advisor for Marker's Dimanche a Pekin, then concentrated on writing and directing experimental short subjects for the next five years. Varda's international reputation was secured with her 1961 feature Cleo de 5 a 7, which related in "real time" the anguish of a pop singer awaiting the results of her cancer tests. Her next film, and her first in color, was Le Bonheur (1965), a pioneering feminist manifesto wherein a misguided protagonist convinces himself that he can live copacetically with both his wife and his mistress.Many of Varda's subsequent productions were heavily influenced by her political views. While visiting America with her director-husband Jacques Demy in 1968, she directed two tractlike short subjects, one of which -- Black Panthers (1969) -- was a paean to activist Huey Newton. Her 1970 production Nausicaa, a TV documentary about Greeks living in France, was so politically volatile that (according to Varda) it was banned outright by Greece's military government. Seldom motivated by commercial considerations (though she was willing to dash off two short subjects on behalf of the French National Tourist Office), Varda continued experimenting with new forms into the '70s; her German documentary Daguerreotypes (1974) was comprised of 4000 still photos (an extension of Varda's fondness for "personifying" inanimate objects), while Response de Femmes (1975) was lensed in 8-millimeter. In 1977, she formed her own production company, Cine-Tamaris. Its first effort was One Sings, the Other Doesn't, a celebration of "the happiness of being a woman" that proved to be a worldwide success. Varda would not make another theatrical film until the highly acclaimed 1985 docudrama Vagabond, a bleak, powerful portrait of an ill-fated young drifter (played by Sandrine Bonnaire, who won a César for her performance).In addition to her own films, Varda has written dialogue for the works of others, most notably for Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. She also served as producer for her husband's Lady Oscar. As Demy lay dying in 1990, Varda expressed her love and appreciation for her husband in the eloquent Jacquot de Nantes (1991); though many believed that this would be her farewell film, she was back in 1995 with Les Cent et Une Nuits. Among the many awards bestowed upon Varda have been the Prix Melies for Cleo de 5 a 7 and the Prix Louis Delluc and Berlin Film Festival Special Award for Le Bonheur.

Highest Rated Movies



99% Varda by Agnès Director 2019
77% Serendipity Actor 2019
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) Director Actor $1M 2017
53% Americano Producer 2012
No Score Yet Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier Director 2012
No Score Yet Agnes vardas kortfilmer Director 2011
96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) Herself Director 2008
94% Cinévardaphoto Director 2005
No Score Yet Janela da Alma Actor 2004
No Score Yet Ydessa, les ours et etc. Director 2004
93% The Gleaners and I Actor Producer Director 2001
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Director 1995
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor Screenwriter Director 1993
No Score Yet Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (Les demoiselles ont eu vingt cinq ans)(The Young Girls Turn 25) Director 1992
80% Jacquot de Nantes Producer Director Screenwriter 1991
100% Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master) Director 1989
No Score Yet Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnes V.) Director Screenwriter Actor 1987
100% Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule) Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir Director 1984
No Score Yet So-called Caryatids (Les Dites cariatides) Director Actor 1984
No Score Yet Mural Murals (Mur Murs) Director 1982
No Score Yet Lady Oscar Producer 1979
86% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) Director 1977
100% Daguerréotypes Director 1976
No Score Yet Nausicaa Director 1970
64% Lions Love Producer Screenwriter Director 1969
98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) Nun 1968
No Score Yet Black Panthers (Huey) Director 1968
No Score Yet Oncle Yanco (Uncle Yanco) Director 1967
No Score Yet Les créatures (The Creatures) Director 1966
No Score Yet Le Bonheur Screenwriter Director 1966
96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) Screenwriter Director 1961
No Score Yet Les Fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) Director 1961
No Score Yet Du Cote de la cote (The Riveria: Today's Eden) Director 1958
No Score Yet L'Opera Mouffe (Diary of a Pregnant Woman) Director 1958
No Score Yet 4 by Agnes Varda Director 1956
No Score Yet La Pointe-Courte Director Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Remnants and Umbrellas 8-12 Director
No Score Yet Varda: All the Shorts (Varda tous courts, les courts Parisiens) Director
No Score Yet Agnes vardas kortfilmer Part 2 Director
No Score Yet Varda Shorts: Travel and Counterculture Director
No Score Yet Los cortos parisinos Director
No Score Yet Los Cortos Turisticos Director
No Score Yet Los Cortos Contestatarios Director


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2017
No Score Yet POV
Screenwriter Co-producer Director Appearing 2010


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