JANE B. FOR AGNÈS V.
1988, Cinelicious Pics, 97 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda

Jane Birkin started as an actress during London’s Swinging ’60s, sang duets with Serge Gainsbourg (whom she married), earned plaudits for humanitarian work … and is the subject of this delightful imaginary biopic. Birkin and director Varda are longtime friends, and this film emerges as a portrait of two talented artists who have challenged limitations placed on women in culture and society. In French with English subtitles.


MASCULINE FEMININE
MASCULIN FEMININ: 15 FAITS PRECIS
1966, Rialto, 110 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Literary lion wannabe Jean-Pierre Léaud chases budding yé-yé star Chantal Goya, then gets a job as an unlikely opinion pollster. A portrait of youth and sex, with the story repeatedly interrupted: A woman blows away her husband; Brigitte Bardot rehearsing in a bistro; a Swedish art-film-cum-sex-film within- a-film, etc., topped by Léaud’s probing off-camera questioning of “Miss Nineteen.” In French with English subtitles.


WEEKEND
1967, Janus Films, 105 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

A portrait of society on the brink of collapse, this provocative black comedy from Jean-Luc Godard is among the director’s most rewarding films. An amoral couple (French TV stars Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne) drive to a country home to claim an inheritance, encountering radicals, cannibals, literary characters and endless traffic (in one of cinema’s great tracking shots). With Jean-Pierre Léaud. In French with English subtitles.


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