MUR MURS
1980, Cine-Tamaris, 81 min, France/USA, Dir: Agnès Varda

Essential viewing for all Angelenos, MUR MURS is Varda’s lively tribute to this city’s outdoor murals, from "Pig Paradise" in Vernon to "The Fall of Icarus" in Venice. Along the way, she captures priceless interviews with the muralists themselves, including 23-year-old Judy Baca, who observes, “I started painting because I realized… that I had never seen a Chicana in a museum.”


CLEO FROM 5 TO 7
Cléo de 5 à 7
1962, Janus Films, 90 min, France, Dir: Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda’s breakthrough film examines two hours in the life of a hopelessly pretty pop singer (Corrine Marchand), who may or may not be dying of cancer. CLEO ranks with BREATHLESS and THE 400 BLOWS as one of the seminal works of the French New Wave. "The streets of Paris are filmed like they have never again been filmed." – Telerama. In French with English subtitles.


THE GLEANERS & I
LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE
2001, Zeitgeist, 82 min, France, Dir: Agnes Varda

French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda’s marvelous "wandering road documentary" focuses on the centuries-old tradition of "gleaning" in France - literally, picking up the cast-offs of others. Varda follows rural scavengers who gather leftover vegetables after the harvest, and urban scavengers who collect discarded food and appliances from the streets of Paris. Varda interweaves these scenes with her own intimate thoughts on aging, humorous interviews with judges and attorneys who debate - Monty Python-style - the legality of gleaning while standing in potato fields, and a host of other spontaneous musings on French art and culture. Through it all, the director’s patient sense of social obligation shines through, as she asks again and again, "How can one live on the leftovers of others?" Winner, Best Non-Fiction Film - National Society Of Film Critics.


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