Agnes Varda

Director, Screenwriter, Still photographer
Agnes Varda is often called the "grandmother of the New Wave. " Although not a member of the Cahiers du cinema critical fraternity which formed the core of this movement, the Belgian-born Varda completed her ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1928 in Brussels, BE

Filmography

Director (19)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Cinevardaphoto 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Deux Ans Apres 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Universe of Jacques Demy 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Jacquot 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Kung Fu Master! 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Vagabond 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Documenteur 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

One Sings, the Other Doesn't 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Lions Love 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Bonheur 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Creatures 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Fiances du Pont Macdonald 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Riveria: Today's Eden 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

La Pointe courte 1953 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (18)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cinevardaphoto 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deux Ans Apres 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jacquot 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kung Fu Master! 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vagabond 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Documenteur 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Sings, the Other Doesn't 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lions Love 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Bonheur 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Creatures 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

La Pointe courte 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (10)

Great Directors 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

The Widow Hyppolite (Actor)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Young Girls of Rochefort 1998 (Movie)

Nun (Actor)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Three Women Filmmakers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deux Ans Apres 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jacquot 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kung Fu Master! 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Sings, the Other Doesn't 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lions Love 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Pointe courte 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (5)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Cinevardaphoto 2005 (Movie)

("Ydessa, The Bears, and Etc.") (Editor)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Vagabond 1986 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

The Beaches of Agnes 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Deux Ans Apres 2002 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Gleaners and I 2001 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Music (3)

Lola 2001 (Movie)

("C'est Moi, C'est Lola") (Song)

One Sings, the Other Doesn't 1977 (Movie)

(Song)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

Agnes Varda is often called the "grandmother of the New Wave. " Although not a member of the Cahiers du cinema critical fraternity which formed the core of this movement, the Belgian-born Varda completed her first feature, "La Pointe Courte," in 1954, five years before the New Wave's first films. With almost no academic or technical knowledge of film (though she had been a still photographer for Jean Vilar's Theatre National Populaire), Varda told two parallel tales (a structure inspired by William Faulkner's "Wild Palms"): the jagged romance of a young married couple and the struggles of the fishermen in the village of La Pointe Courte. Critic Georges Sadoul called this work "certainly the first film of the Nouvelle Vague" and it set the tone for Varda's career to come, combining fiction with documentary and also, in its debt to Faulkner, illustrating Varda's desire to expand the language of film. "I had the feeling," she said later, "that the cinema was not free, above all in its form, and that annoyed me. I wanted to make a film exactly as one writes a novel."

Relationships

Jacques Demy

Husband
together from 1959 married from 1962 until his death on October 27, 1990 at age 59 made such films as "Lola" (1961) and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964)

Mathieu Demy

Son
born in 1972 father, Jacques Demy has appeared in films by both his parents, including Varda's "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" (1976) and "Kung Fu Master!" (1987) and as the voice of the small clown in Demy's animated film, "The Turning Table" (1988)

Christiane Pasquet

Mother
French came from Sete, a small seaport in the south of France near Montpellier died in 1990

Eugene Varda

Father
Greek

Rosalie Varda

Daughter
born in 1958 appeared as the 17 year-old Marie in "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" (1976) has designed costumes for Varda's and Jacques Demy's films as well as films including Jean-Luc Godard's "Passion" (1982)

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Ecole du Louvre

Paris
studied to become museum curator

College de Sete

Ecole de Vaugirard

Paris
studied at night school

Lycee Victor Duruy

Paris

Milestones

1977

Founded Cine-Tamaris, a production company, to produce "One Sings, the Other Doesn't"

1954

Debut as screenwriter, director and producer with "La pointe courte"

1951

Hired by Jean Vilar to be official photographer for Theatre National Populaire

1947

While a student, became photographer for Theater Festival of Avignon

Grew up in her mother's home town of Sete in France

Directed two documentary travelogues commissioned by the French Tourist Office, "O saisons, o chateaux" and "Du cote de la Cote"

Recevied photojournalism assignments which took her all over Europe during the 1950s

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