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Agnes Varda


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An intimate consideration of one of the world's most exuberant and intriguing directors

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Kelley Conway is a professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Chanteuse in the City: The Realist Singer in French Film .


"Let's celebrate the many dimensions of Agnes Varda as one of the greatest artists working today. Conway succeeds in capturing her curiosity, ingenuity, wit, and new storytelling to confirm her status as the indefatigable pioneer of European cinema."--Hans Ulrich Obrist

"Conway writes in an easy, conversational manner, conveying a good deal of information and numerous insights... Varda remains one of the least-examined figures of the French New Wave, so this book is especially welcome. Highly recommended."--Choice

"Kelley Conway builds upon a vast array of archival research to forge this insightful study of Agnes Varda's distinct approach to filmmaking. Conway concentrates on Varda's experimental production strategies and Varda's engagement with her audience across a truly amazing career."--Richard Neupert, author of A History of the French New Wave Cinema, second edition

"The meticulous archival research, and the author's personal connection to her subject combine to make Agnes Varda an engaging, helpful read for scholars, students, and laypersons alike."--French Review

"Drawing on privileged access to the filmmaker's archives, Kelley Conway expands our understanding of Agnes Varda in several new and eye-opening ways. Offering welcome insight into Varda's working methods, revisiting the production, distribution and reception of the filmmaker's classics from La Pointe Courte and Cleo de 5 a 7 to Les Plages d'Agnes and her recent multi-media installations, Conway illuminates the astonishingly varied, yet coherent, life-long creative output of one of the key figures in world cinema."--Ginette Vincendeau, coeditor of The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks

"An excellent, in-depth study of the major works of the pioneering French New Wave auteur Agnes Varda, who not only preceded and helped to found the movement, but also became one of its most outstanding figures. . . . Agnes Varda is an outstanding work, not to mention a labor of love, and this love is evident in the scholarly care and expertise tendered to understanding Varda's working process and her life's work."--Film Matters

"A breakthrough text on Varda's trajectory from photography and film to video, digital media, and installation projects. Conway's pages on the reception of Cleo from 5 to 7 are stunning. Her take on The Gleaners and I, The Widows of Noirmoutier , and The Beaches of Agnes is astute." --Steven Ungar, coauthor of Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture

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