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Film Fridays with Tom and Gillian provides a virtual community space facilitated by Enoch Pratt librarians to gather and discuss chosen films. All the titles we are showing will be available from Kanopy, which patrons can access using their Enoch Pratt library card. We will announce each week’s films the week before and patrons can tune in to the virtual meeting on Fridays at 2pm to engage in the discussion.
The Films of Agnes Varda
Today, we reflect on the work of pioneering French filmmaker Agnes Varda who died last year at the age of 90. We’ll be viewing and discussing two films from opposite ends of her very prolific career. Varda was perhaps the most prominent female film director during the French New Wave, and she was married to another member of the scene, Jacques Demy (Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort). Her collection of work is vast, but it focused on the experience of women and challenged what the French canon could be.
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962)
In French with English subtitles
In Agnes Varda’s second feature, young pop singer Cleo has two hours to wait to get the results of a biopsy that may reveal she has cancer. She wanders the city of Paris, getting her tarot cards read, visiting friends, and striking up a conversation with a French soldier while waiting for her diagnosis, searching for some piece of mind. Anna Karina and Jean Luc Godard both make cameo appearances. Nominated for the Palm D’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Winner of the Award for Best Film by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
Click here to watch the trailer for Cleo From 5 to 7.
BEACHES OF AGNES (2009)
In French with English Subtitles
A film from the twilight of Varda’s career, we find the director reflecting on her life which spanned World War II, the Cuban Revolution, and the rise of second-wave feminism in France. In this autobiographical film, Varda moves through sea-side towns that shaped her, meets old friends, and delves into her relationship with her late husband, the filmmaker Jacques Demy. The film serves as a visual scrapbook. Old photos, archival footage, reenactments, and performances are interspersed with present day footage, underscoring what a remarkable life Varda lived. Winner of Best Documentary - National Society of Film Critics, César Award for Best Documentary Film. Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival
Click here to watch the trailer for Beaches of Agnes
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Friday, May 29 at 2:00pm to 3:00pmVirtual Event