La Pointe Courte

Directed by Agnès Varda
1956
France
80 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Varda's debut, described as “the first nouvelle vague film”, was inspired by the style of William Faulkner's The Wild Palms and is infused with philosophy and politics.

Charting two different stories, respected theatre actors Philippe Noiret and Silvia Monfort play an intellectual Parisian couple at a crossroads; and in the alternate story, the villagers of Sète, on the southeast coast of France, enact scenarios drawn from their own reality. An unforgettable work of stark contrasts and filmic complexity, La Pointe Courte was credited by film historian Georges Sadoul as "genuinely the first film of the nouvelle vague." It's exhilarating to consider that Varda had no formal training, and had seen virtually no other films, before embarking on filming La Pointe Courte.

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Also screening at the festival is Varda’s last work Varda by Agnès

A stunningly beautiful and accomplished first film.
Criterion
The debut of one of the nation’s great unsung directors, and the inadvertent inauguration of the French New Wave.
Slant Magazine

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Wed 12 June
7:15pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Viva Varda, French Films
Year
1956
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Agnès Varda
Producer
Agnès Varda
Cast
Philippe Noiret, Silvia Monfort
Cinematographer
Louis Stein
Editor
Alain Resnais
Genre
Women Directors, Cinephile, Retrospective
Company Credits
Distributor: MK2 Films
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