Tiffany Shlain Selects: The Beaches of Agnès
(Les plages d’Agnès)
UC Berkeley film graduate, Webby Awards founder, and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain has been named by Newsweek magazine as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.”
Agnès Varda takes a cinematic stroll through her career—and the history of French film—in this jovial first-person documentary that “walks backwards” across the beaches, landscapes, and movie sets of her life and times. For some, turning eighty may mean settling down, but for the “Grandmother of the French New Wave” it’s cause for reflection, irreverence, and a continued reinvention of the cinematic form. Recollections of a wartime childhood, an early career as a photographer, and her emergence as a filmmaker coincide with remembrances of friends and colleagues, a who’s-who that includes Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander Calder, and her great love, Jacques Demy.