• L’opéra-Mouffe
  • Du côté de la côte
  • La réponse de femmes
  • Plaisir d’amour en Iran
  • Ulysse
  • Les dites cariatides

schedule

Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 2: Places and Faces

This collection of short works finds Varda observing people, places, and spaces from France to Iran. In L’opéra-Mouffe she evokes the “imaginative world of pregnancy” with a dreamlike montage that combines poetic imagery with documentary portraits shot in the gritty neighborhood of rue Mouffetard. Capturing azure waters and lobster-skinned tourists in the saturated hues of a vacation slide, the jaunty, witty Du côté de la côte celebrates the beauty and absurdity of the Côte d’Azur. La réponse de femmes is a feminist “ciné-tract,” a series of frontal tableaux in response to the question “What does it mean to be a woman?” In Plaisir d’amour en Iran, filmed in Isfahan, Iran, Varda considers the relationship between eros and architecture, sacred and profane. For Ulysse she interviews the subjects of a photograph she took nearly three decades earlier. And with Les dites cariatides Varda contemplates the sculpted women who support doorways and lintels along the streets of Paris, invoking Baudelaire’s “dream of stone.”

— Juliet Clark 

Films in this Screening

L’opéra-Mouffe

Agnès Varda, France, 1958

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 17 mins
source
  • Janus Films

Du côté de la côte

Agnès Varda, France, 1958

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 24 mins
source
  • Janus Films

La réponse de femmes
(Women’s Answer)

Agnès Varda, France, 1975

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 8 mins
source
  • Janus Films

Plaisir d’amour en Iran

Agnès Varda, France, 1976

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 6 mins
source
  • Janus Films

Ulysse

Agnès Varda, France, 1983

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 22 mins
source
  • Janus Films

Les dites cariatides

Agnès Varda, France, 1984

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 12 mins
source
  • Janus Films