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Close Up: The Work of Film Director Agnès Varda | reviews, news & interviews

Close Up: The Work of Film Director Agnès Varda

Close Up: The Work of Film Director Agnès Varda

The First Lady of France's Nouvelle Vague

Corinne Marchand in Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7

The Nouvelle Vague was always a bit of an all-boys club, but Agnès Varda counts as a good deal more than the token female of the gang. Her name might come to mind less quickly than Godard, or Truffaut, or Chabrol, when the talk turns to the fiery young turks who transformed the face of French cinema (and of world cinema, come to that). But Varda's films, with their wicked humour, their razor intelligence and effortless panache, stand proud alongside those of her peers. And her status is sealed by the release this month of her latest movie, The Beaches of Agnès, and a box set (the first of two: the second is released in February) of some of her earlier work.

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