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Jane B. par Agnès V. AKA Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) FotW #323

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Jane B. par Agnès V. AKA Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) FotW #323

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Post by Cocoa » March 8th, 2020, 3:49 pm

Film of the Week #323: Jane B. par Agnès V. AKA Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988)

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"I'll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap," whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda's ear at the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and VAGABOND once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously Expressionistic way. "It's like an imaginary bio-pic," says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer ("Je t'aime ... Moi non plus"), actress (BLOW UP), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences. In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkin's talent. "I'd like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else," says Birkin. But her wish to be a "famous nobody" is impossible to achieve; Birkin is simply too magnificent, too mesmerizing. Here, Varda's signature mix of aesthetic innovation and generosity of emotion results in a surreal and captivating essay on Art, Fame, Love, Children and Staircases.

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This movie fits the current Directed by Women Challenge.



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Post by Cocoa » March 8th, 2020, 3:52 pm

Posting a fotw for the Directed by Women challenge while it's still International Women's Day in my timezone :party:

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Post by sebby » March 8th, 2020, 5:12 pm

One of my favorite Vardas. I believe I nom'd it for dtc last year or year previous. Like most of Varda's best docs it somehow feels very grounded and almost lo-fi in approach, yet still radiates an above-the-clouds ethereal, fantastical quality.

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Post by Cocoa » March 11th, 2020, 1:47 am

I enjoyed this film. I always love Agnès Varda appearing in front of the camera :wub: The Laurel and Hardy sketch :lol: I loved the loading room being viewed from above in an effort to portray it as a maze.

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Post by joachimt » March 16th, 2020, 8:32 am

Just watch it a bit too late for the week. Anyway, I don't really know what to do with this one. 6/10
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Post by allisoncm » March 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm

I watched this in a French archive in 2012 before it was available in the USA. Then by 2015, English subs were made and it was shown at a theater in Los Angeles with Agnes Varda in attendance. Really, loving both Varda and Jane Birkin, this movie is imaginative and fun. I hope everyone enjoyed. If people haven't seen it yet, it will still count for the remaining two weeks of the Directed by Women challenge, so why not check it out?

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