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Agnès Varda Filmography

A prolific filmmaker, Agnès Varda has written, directed and produced more than 45 films since 1955. Here's a list of many of them, including her recent multimedia installation projects.

1955 La Pointe courte — Varda's first film, shot in a Mediterranean fishing village, is a stylized depiction of a married couple's relationship and a documentary of the daily struggles of local fishermen.

1958 Diary of a Pregnant Woman (L’Opera mouffe) — Varda's portrait of her neighborhood in Paris, along la rue Mouffetard.

1958 Du Côté de la côte — This film about sightseeing along the Riviera is a humorous and ironic look at tourism and French coastal resorts.

1958 O saisons, ô châteaux — A short documentary on the chateaux of the Loire in France was commissioned by the French Tourist Bureau.

1961 Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) — A short comedy featuring Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard in the silent-film tradition.

1962 Cleo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) — A real-time exploration of a pop singer’s fear as she awaits the results of a test for cancer.

1963 Salut les cubains — This photo montage of Varda’s stay in Cuba documents Castro's revolution in process.

1965 Happiness (Le bonheur) — A woman’s take on a man who thinks he can live with both his wife and his mistress.

1965 Elsa la rose (1965) — A poetic essay from the surrealist Louis Aragon about his wife, author Elsa Triolet.

1966 The Creatures (Les Creatures) — A couple await the birth of their child in an island house while the husband works on a novel.

1967 Far from Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) — Varda directed a segment in this 7-part film along with Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude LeLouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais.

1967 Uncle Yanco — Varda's portrait of her uncle, Jean Varda — a Greek painter who lives and works in San Francisco.

1968 Black Panthers — A tribute to activist Huey Newton, made while Varda lived in Hollywood and witnessed the beginnings of the radical Panthers.

1969 Lions Love — Made while Varda lived in the United States, this film follows Gerome Ragnai and James Rado, composers of the musical Hair, and Andy Warhol muse Viva as they try to break into the Hollywood lifestyle, while at the same time showing how difficult it can be for female filmmakers to raise financing for their projects.

1970 Nausicaa — The portrayal of Greeks living in France in this story about a girl with a Greek father studying ancient art was so controversial that the film was banned in Greece

1972 Last Tango in Paris — Varda wrote the dialogue for Bernardo Bertolucci's film that starred Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider

1975 Women Reply: Our Body, Our Sex (Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe) — A French television channel asked seven female filmmakers to make a 7-minute film responding to the question: "How does it feel to be a woman." A group of women respond directly to the camera about sex, desire, advertising and children.

1976 Daguerrotypes — A film about Varda's neighbors, the shopkeepers who lived and worked along a specific block along the Rue Daguerre in Paris.

1976 Plaisir d'amour en Iran — A couple talk about love in the midst of the mosques of Iran in this 6-minute film.

1977 One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (L’Une chante, l’autre pas) — A feminist take on female friendship and abortion, this film marked the first release of Varda’s production company, Cine-Tamaris, and her daughter Rosalie’s screen debut.

1981 Mur murs — A documentary about outdoor wall murals in Los Angeles, including one, called Pigs’ Paradise, on the side of a slaughterhouse.

1981 Documentuer — Shot in Los Angeles, this film blurs the line between fiction and documentary, tracing the alienation of a recent divorcee and her young son. The young boy is played by her own son, Mathieu.

1982 Ulysse — Varda revisits a photograph she took in 1954 of a naked man, a naked boy and a goat on a beach in this reflection of history, memory and the photographic image.

1983 Une minute pour une image — A meditation on photography.

1984 The So-called Caryatids (Les dites cariatides) — A short documentary on the neo-classical statues throughout Paris.

1984 Seven Rooms, Kitchen and a Bath (7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir) — A poetic film that takes place in an empty apartment, in which the walls themselves tell the stories of its tenants.

1985 Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) — This docudrama about a young, beautiful female drifter won the Golden Lion at Venice.

1986 You've Got Beautiful Stairs You Know (T'as de beaux escaliers tu sais) — A short film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cinematheque.

1988 Kung-fu Master! (Le petit amour) — Can a 40-year old woman and a teenage boy find love? Featuring Jane Birkin, Mathie Demy and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

1988 Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnes V.) — Varda and Jane Birkin on their careers and friendship.

1990 Jacquot de Nantes (Jacquot) — A tribute to Varda’s husband, filmmaker Jacques Demy.

1993 Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans — Varda reunites the cast and characters of Jacque Demy's Les Demoiselles de Rochefort 25 years later.

1995 One Hundred and One Nights (Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma) — Actor Michel Picolini embodies Mr. Cinema in this tribute to the craft.

2000 The Gleaners and I (Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse) — A portrait of scavengers living off the castoffs of others.

2002 The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse...deux ans après) — Varda follows up with the people featured in the film two years after it was shot.

2003 Patatutopia — A video installation with 700 kilos (more than 1,500 pounds) of real potatoes; Varda roamed the opening in a potato costume to attract attention.

2003 The Vanishing Lion (Le Lion volatile) — A short fiction film about a young apprentice fortune-teller who meets a Paris catacombs employee each day at the Place Denfert-Rochereau, by the bronze Lion de Belfort. Featuring Julie Depardieu.

2004 Der Viennale '04 (Trailer). — Varda directed the trailer for the 42nd Vienna International Film Festival.

2004 Ydessa, the Bears (Ydessa, les ours etc.) — A Canadian woman collects hundreds of photographs, all of which feature a teddy bear.

2004 The Widows of Noirmoutier (Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier) — A video installation that, in Varda's own words, "evokes old paintings…” The central subject, women in black on the beach, is surrounded by fourteen short video profiles, accounts of the state of widowhood.

2006 L’ile et elle — An exhibition that filled two floors of the Foundation Cartier Paris with images and sound inspired by the windswept island of Noirmoutier off the west coast of France.

2008 The Beaches of Agnès (Les plages d'Agnès)





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I wanted to be like a bird. I wanted to be free in my memory, to go from one part to another and see what I would find.”

— Agnès Varda, Filmmaker