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Friday, June 28, 2013

Cleo From 5 to 7(1962) d. Agnes Varda

Cleo played by Corinne Marchard

Movie Review
Cleo From 5 to 7(1962)
 d. Agnes Varda
Criterion Collection #73

   I'm not a guy who is particularly into the French New Wave. Just because...if you look at the whole universe of art/film, French New Wave is just one thing.  There's no fetishize the French New Wave and Auteur theory.  Personally, I think Auteur theory is pretty ridiculous considering how many people work on a typical film.   Especially when you consider the number of so-called Auteurs who actually PAY for their films- even the best are usually working for a pay check.

  But Cleo From 5 to 7 is notable first, because Agnes Varda is a female director and second because the pace is snappy and fresh, and the lead actress, Corinne Marchand playing Cleopatra (or Cleo for short) a Parisian ye-ye girl who is confronting her own mortality while she waits the results of a bopsy for a potentially cancerous tumor.

  Cleo From 5 to 7 is shot in "real time" complete with title that break the movie into separate scenes of a specific time frame.   Cleo hangs out in her pad, goes to a cafe and plays her own song on the jukebox, hangs out with her friend the Artists model, goes to the park, hangs out with a soldier and FIN.

  But Cleo From 5 to 7 is not dull or boring- and don't tell me that all of Godard's films are actually watchable because THEY AREN'T.  Also the character of Cleo the Ye Ye girl is a compelling character- I love when the main character of films are artists. 

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