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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
"Cléo de 5 à 7" (original title)

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This movie shows us Cléo, a French singer, who is afraid of getting the result of a test from her doctor. She believes that she has cancer and will die of the disease. We follow her for two... See full summary »

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Florence, 'Cléo Victoire'
Antoine Bourseiller ...
Antoine
Dominique Davray ...
Angèle
Dorothée Blanck ...
Dorothée (as Dorothée Blank)
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Bob, the Pianist
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
The Lover
Loye Payen ...
Irma, la cartomancienne
Renée Duchateau
Lucienne Marchand ...
La conductrice du taxi
Serge Korber ...
Plumitif (the lyricist)
Robert Postec ...
Le docteur Valineau
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Arthur Brunet
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This movie shows us Cléo, a French singer, who is afraid of getting the result of a test from her doctor. She believes that she has cancer and will die of the disease. We follow her for two hours while she cruises through the streets of Paris. At the end, she meets a soldier who is going to the war in Algeria the next day. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, and Jean-Claude Brialy all make uncredited cameo appearances as the actors in the silent film shown to Cléo and her friend. See more »

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In the beginning of Chapter 3, as Cleo is putting on a black hat, the camera-man's right arm can be seen in the mirror next to her. See more »

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[in French, using English subtitles]
Irma, la cartomancienne: Cut the deck please. Choose nine cards with your left hand. Three for the past, three for the present, three for the future.
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Life and Movement in the shadow of Death
22 June 2005 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

"Cleo from 5 to 7" tells the story of a young French singer, who fears that she may be seriously ill. What could have been maudlin "movie of the week" soap opera, is transformed by Agnes Varda into a unique movie experience.

The film contrasts Cleo's fear of death with the teeming life of the Paris streets, where street entertainers swallow live frogs and puncture their biceps; and the more normal members of the crowd busy themselves with the usual affairs of business and the heart. A large amount of the film takes place outdoors, with Cleo and the people in her life always walking, running or driving. There is a wonderful scene of Cleo-Distraught over an ominous tarot reading by the fortune teller- descending a circular staircase, her shoe heels clicking out a counterpoint to Michel Legrand's pensive music.

Sometimes just watching the way someone moves is very revealing. Director Varda has a fluid camera style which enlivens every scene. As often happens in European art films the story unfolds in a slow undramatic fashion, but their is so much going on in the image and the text, that you don't mind. Essential viewing.


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