In the intro to Part 12 of this series, having just seen the trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections, I asked what it meant for Lana Wachowski to return to that series. The answer, explicitly stated in the film, was that Warner Bros was going to make another Matrix with or without her, and under those conditions, Wachowski signed on. I’m almost completely sure that no one was threatening Agnès Varda to make her own biopic without her involvement, but the first thing she clearly states at the beginning of The Beaches of Agnès (2008), is that she is playing a role of a person telling her own life story, but that it’s other people that interest her. The challenge of the project becomes how to reconcile these competing impulses.
For all of the struggles that Agnès Varda would experience with the Hollywood establishment in the context of her career as a filmmaker, she never let those experiences go to waste. Indeed, the majority of her “California” work was produced over a couple of trips, one in 1968 and another in 1979, and was borne out of professional and even personal challenges. The first trip in 1968 saw Varda trying to get a film project off the ground while her husband Jacques Demy similarly was attempting his own Hollywood breakthrough. The second trip in 1979 saw Varda set out by herself (and her son) on a film project that would almost immediately collapse.
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Jon and Chris talk about a selection of the movies of French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda. Movies Discussed: Vagabond, Faces Places Recommendations : Mur Murs, Black Panthers (short film) (Jon), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The World of Jacques Demy (Chris) Follow us on Twitter: @jonmichaelnoise @cmvoss042 https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/qsey4h/Cinema_Dual_-Episode_7-_Varda.mp3