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Agnès Varda

Lowest Rated:   33% The Truth About Charlie (2002)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages)
  • Director
2017
50% 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)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Herself
2008
94% Cinévardaphoto
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Janela da Alma
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ydessa, les ours et etc.
  • Director
2004
33% The Truth About Charlie
  • The Widow Hyppolite
$5.3M 2002
92% 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)
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
100% Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnes V.)
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Ulysse
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
100% Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet So-called Caryatids (Les Dites cariatides)
  • Director
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Mural Murals (Mur Murs)
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Lady Oscar
  • Producer
1979
80% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas)
  • Director
1977
100% Daguerréotypes
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Nausicaa
  • Director
1970
67% Lions Love
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1969
97% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet Elsa la rose
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Salut les Cubains
  • Director
1963
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1954
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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
  • Co-producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • 2010

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