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Kelley Conway

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039720

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039720.001.0001

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New Wave Cinéaste to Digital Gleaner

New Wave Cinéaste to Digital Gleaner

Change and Continuity in the Work of Agnès Varda

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(p.1) New Wave Cinéaste to Digital Gleaner
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Agnès Varda
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Kelley Conway

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039720.003.0001

This chapter highlights Agnès Varda's place in New Wave cinema history. It illustrates how Varda's ever-shifting profile has evolved from avant-garde precursor to the “grandmother” of the New Wave. Yet what remains consistent here is her commitment to storytelling that foregrounds isolated people in distinctive settings in both documentary and fiction films. Varda's ongoing journey reveals an artist who needs to create, who is in motion and incapable of ceasing, making do with whatever resources are available to her (including harnessing that creativity toward visual arts and installation when funds for filmmaking were scarce), remaining eminently pragmatic even when attacking new challenges.

Keywords:   Agnès Varda, multimedia installations, filmmaking, New Wave cinema, documentary films, fiction films, visual arts, French New Wave

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