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The Cinema of Agnès VardaResistance and Eclecticism$
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Delphine Benezet

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169752

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169752.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction Beginnings
The Cinema of Agnès Varda

Delphine Bénézet

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overall description of the works of French New Wave film director Agnès Varda. It first looks into her Salut les Cubains! (1964), a distinctive political documentary, mostly made of animated photographs that she took on trips to Cuba in December 1962 and January 1963, a period filled with political and social changes in Cuba. The photos feature many of the traits found in Varda's other artistic projects. It is informed by its political and historical context and shaped by the conditions in which it was made. The strategies that Varda deploys in her films testify to her lasting commitment to represent women within history. This concern not only with women on screen but with the act of ‘filmer en femme’, as she calls it, makes her an important figure in the fields of film, gender, and cultural studies.

Keywords:   French New Wave film, Agnès Varda, Salut les Cubains!, political documentary, Cuba, filmer en femme, cultural studies, gender studies

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