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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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Aesthetics and Technique

Aesthetics and Technique

(p.41) Chapter Two Aesthetics and Technique
The Cinema of Agnès Varda

Delphine Bénézet

Columbia University Press

This chapter continues to look into the specificity of Agnès Varda's films within its historical context and also uses a revisionist perspective concerning hardcore auteurism. It revisits the idea of the filmmaker as the all-mighty single auteur of her films by focusing on the collaborative nature of filmmaking, by reassessing the role of other contributors like the editor and the composer, and by looking at Varda's own performances of authorship. Taking La Pointe Courte and Agnès de ci de là Varda as examples, this chapter aims to reconsider some of the filmmaker's preoccupations across time and to evaluate what sort of contribution other artists and collaborators have made to Varda's cinema. This in-depth analysis shows how each of these projects is the result of a complex amalgam of efforts, encounters and influences.

Keywords:   Agnès Varda, revisionist perspective, auteurism, filmmaker, filmmaking, authorship, La Pointe Courte, Agnès de ci de là Varda

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