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Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas$
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Christine Gledhill

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036613

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036613.001.0001

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Agnès Varda, Documentary, and the Art of Salvage

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Gender Meets Genre in Postwar Cinemas

Lucy Fischer

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Agnès Varda's The Gleaners and I (2000), an elision of documentary with autobiography that connects—through Varda's own working life, spanning feminist and postfeminist generations—to women's early film practice. The film depicts an extended “road trip” that Varda takes in order to encounter and film a variety of people who “glean” things—be their plunder the traditional rural harvest or urban garbage. In noting Varda's extension of the significance of “gleaning” for food to a woman's practice of collecting, the chapter delineates an encounter between a sensibility culturally defined as feminine with the feminized throwaway culture of mass consumerism. Authorship figures, then, as a form of creative recycling or bricolage.

Keywords:   Agnès Varda, The Gleaners and I, women filmmakers, authorship, mass consumerism

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