#074: Vagabond

criterion73AGNES VARDA

1985

Agnes Varda has had a fascinating career, one that has seen her achieve prominence more than once, first as the sole female member of the French New Wave, then as outspoken feminist director in the seventies, as devoted widow to her late husband Jacques Demy (in the form of her films dedicated to him) and, most recently, as celebrated genius documentarian who continues to encompass all identities together.  Her work is generally characterized by a combination of simultaneous rebellious joy and political rage, but one of her finest achievements in feature film (and my personal favourite) is one that is surprisingly bleak compared to the others.  As it was the first of her films I ever saw, it gave me a strong first impression of her as an artist before realizing the richness of her entire filmography.  To discuss Vagabond, I was joined by intellectual bon vivant Heath Flint, who kindly shared his thoughts as well as his own experiences as a wanderer of European lansdcapes.

Listen to the podcast episode here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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