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Clâeo de 5 áa 7 (Second edition)

By: Ungar, Steven (University of Iowa, USA)

Part of the BFI Film Classics series
1838719369 / 9781838719364
Stock expected by 12/06/2020
19 cm 128 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
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Previous edition: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Cleo de 5 a 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7), Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, 90 minutes in the life of Cleo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition.

The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early-Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda never considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du cinema group of critics-turned- film-makers.

Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda's early career as a student of art history and as a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy Algerian war to which Cleo's health concerns and ambitions to become a pop singer make her more or less oblivious.

His study is the first to set a reading of Cleo's formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a visual document of its historical moment.

Steven Ungar's foreword to this new edition looks back upon Varda's film-making career and considers her contributions as a female auteur and in the context of the French New Wave.


1DDF France, APFA Film theory & criticism

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