Daguerréotypes (1976)




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This cinema-direct documentary from French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda finds the legendary director touring the neighborhood that surrounds her home of over 50 years: the Rue Daguerre in Paris's 14th arrondissement . As she canvasses the shops and shopkeepers populating the area, an image emerges of a subculture and way of life that have since grown nearly extinct.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Daguerréotypes

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Daguerréotypes has aged splendidly, acquiring flavors that would've been inconceivable at the time it was made.

Full Review… | December 14, 2011
AV Club
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Varda has shown an extraordinary gift for capturing the theatricality of the mundane, particularly in her documentaries.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Village Voice
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The 'mysteries of daily exchange' resonate within, including windows with breads artfully shaped by hand, conjured incidental street magic, and pen and papers instead of cash registers. And where the word consumerism has amazingly, never been uttered.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011

Agnes Varda's magnificent documentary, filmed in 1976, gets its long-awaited US premiere in Dec 2011. Pure joy!

Full Review… | December 12, 2011

Daguerreotypes, one of Agnès Varda's early yet accomplished feature-length documentaries, presages the themes and visual style she would explore in her subsequent work.

Full Review… | December 12, 2011
Film Journal International

Like many of Varda's similarly themed explorations, the results are more than they initially seem, casual anthropology with a strongly humanist bent, resulting in a film that's fueled more by compassion than curiosity.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Daguerréotypes


While increasingly hi-tech blockbuster extravaganzas continue to crowd out one another on the multiplex screens, and the simple pleasures of face-to-face conversations rather than cell phones that defined human communication in the past are diminished, films that reawaken that faded reality can be like hidden treasures discovered amid all that artificial noise. Which is what makes French director Agnès Varda's (The Beaches of Agnès , The Gleaners and I) very personal and potent mood piece, Daguerreotypes such a joyous found visual and tactile experience to be savored from the past. Filmed in 1975 in a space that never actually leaves the filmmaker's tiny neighborhood where she lived for more than half a century, Daguerreotypes is an exquisite travelogue where the audience feels privileged to accompany Varda on her familiar daily rounds, from perfume makers and trinket merchants, to butchers and bakers. And in a nearly hushed space whose inventory seems suspended in time, the 'mysteries of daily exchange' resonate. Including windows filled with artfully shaped breads, the conjuring of incidental street magic, and the total price of purchased goods calculated by the shopkeepers, with simple pen and paper in hand. And where the word consumerism has amazingly, never been uttered. Daguerrotypes, which will have its theatrical US premiere at NY's Maysles Cinema in Harlem through December 18th, will be preceded by the short film, Elsa la Rose (1965, 20 minutes), also directed by Agnès Varda along with Raymond Zanchi. This cinematic valentine, narrated by Michel Piccoli and photographed in luminous black-and-white by Willy Kurant and William Lubtchansky, documents the romance between celebrated writers Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet. Daguerrotypes is part of the bi-monthly series, Documentary in Bloom: New Films Presented by Livia Bloom. Daguerreotypes, directed by Agnès Varda 1975, 74 minutes, unrated. In French with English subtitles A Cinema Guild release More information is online at: Mayslesinstitute.org

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