OK, I’ve completed all the box sets I had going… so I can start a new one!
And I had to choose the Agnès Varda box set from Criterion simply because it has an oddball format and pokes out of the shelf I have the unseen movies on.
Makes sense to me!
Oddly enough (or perhaps not) the box sets starts with a film from 2019 — which is basically a talk Varda gave to present her movies. So we start the box set with an introduction… I wonder whether she made this with the box set in mind?
This isn’t just Varda talking with clips from movies — we get extensive bits from other “behind the scenes” movies Varda has done before, but it’s presented as if it’s part of the talk.
So it’s a kind of fictionalised presentation? Very strange genre.
Hey… that’s a different venue…
Oh, there’s a lot of different venues — she did a tour?
I dunno… I don’t think this movie quite works? Varda had a really interesting career, but this manages to make it seem kinda boring: It’s just one thing after another — first I did this, then I did this — without really telling us why we should be interested.
Yeah, that tracks: It’s just kinda boring. Which is something that Varda’s movies never are, usually.
(Well, she died a couple of weeks after the premiere, so perhaps that influenced the scores…)
The final 20 minutes are really good, though, so let’s go with:
Varda by Agnès. Agnès Varda. 2019. ⚂