|Cleo played by Corinne Marchard|
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 reason...to 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.