Mur murs

Digital Restoration

Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Agnès Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980. She casts a curious eye on graffiti and photorealism, roller disco and gang violence, evangelical Christians, Hare Krishnas, artists, angels, and ordinary Angelenos. Along the meandering way, we meet the creators of some of California’s most memorable wall art, including Judy Baca, mastermind of the Great Wall of Los Angeles project along the Los Angeles River; Arno Jordan, painter of the ironically bucolic scenes adorning the Farmer John meatpacking plant; and Kent Twitchell, who offers a theological rationale for a depiction of the Holy Trinity starring actors from Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Father Knows Best. The film is very Varda and very LA: vibrating with color and surprising juxtapositions, rich in illusion and allusion. And like the movies, the murals are both monumental and ephemeral, destined to fade, many of them now gone.

Juliet Clark
  • Agnès Varda
  • Bernard Auroux
  • English
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 81 mins
  • Janus Films

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Agnès Varda: cinécriture (flyer), Pacific Film Archive, 2009

Agnes Varda filmographie (booklet), France. Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Bernard Bastide, 1994

Mur murs (program note), Edinburgh Film Festival, 1981

Mur murs (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1981

Mur murs (press kit), Ciné Tamaris

Agnes Varda retrospective (flyer), Bleecker Street Cinemas

Ciné Varda (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Susan Oxtoby

The world of Agnès Varda (program note), Film Forum (New York)

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