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The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda to screen at AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi. Varda, once a resident of Los Angeles, makes a rare return to present and discuss her work at AFI Fest. As an additional tribute to Varda, photos from her influential French New Wave film Cleo From 5 to 7 (CLÉO De 5 À 7) are featured in this year’s festival marketing and programming materials.
As Guest Artistic Director, Varda has selected films that have inspired her throughout her six-decade career: Pickpocket (Dir Robert Bresson, 1959), A Woman Under The Influence (Dir John Cassavetes, 1974), The Marriage Of Maria Braun (Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979) and After Hours (Dir Martin Scorsese, 1985). In addition, the festival will be screening a selection of Varda’s films, including restored versions of Cleo From 5 To 7 (CLÉO De 5 À 7) and Documenteur. »
- Melissa Thompson
The American Film Institute’s guest artistic director Agnès Varda has unveiled her pick of four films to screen at this year’s AFI Fest.
The French director will return to Los Angeles to present a program of movies that have inspired her six-decade-long career. The movies are: Robert Bresson’s 1959 crime drama “Pickpocket,” John Cassavetes’ 1974 “A Woman Under the Influence,” Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1979 war tale “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” and Martin Scorsese’s 1985 “After Hours”
The festival will also screen a selection of Varda’s films, including a restored versions of “Cleo from 5 to 7” (“Cléo de 5 à 7”) and “Documenteur,” as well as her late husband Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” Varda and her daughter Rosalie Varda recently oversaw the restoration of the film in honor of its 50th anniversary.
“It’s always good to be chosen, but it’s funny to be chosen to choose, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
AFI Fest guest artistic director Agnes Varda has chosen films by Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, Robert Bresson and Rainer Werner Fassbinder to screen at the festival, the American Film Institute announced on Thursday. In addition to having a selection of her own work screened at AFI Fest between Nov. 7 and 14 in Hollywood, Varda was asked to choose films that have influenced her lengthy career, which includes such classics as “Vagabond,” “The Gleaners and I” and “The Beaches of Agnes.” As Varda explained in the AFI press release, she found herself unable to choose films that influenced her own work. »
- Steve Pond
Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon"). Lena Dunham is the sole female representative, and also the only filmmaker to list films made by women in her Top 10: Agnes Varda's "La pointe courte," "Le bonheur," "Vagabond" and "Cleo from 5 to 7" all tie in her estimation, while Dunham also praises Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank." It should be noted that these lists hail from different sources and have differing criteria; some are self-made, some are from the Sight & Sound poll in 2012, some are limited to Criterion-released titles (such as Nolan's, Dunham's and Johnson's), some include more than 10 titles. Kubrick's, for example, was created in 1963. Flavorwire has the details. »
- Beth Hanna
Check out Lena Dunham's well-curated Top 10 for Criterion, which includes plenty of ties (making the list's grand total 15 films) but it's worth it to see so many Agnes Varda titles make the cut. Dunham's also a fan of Rainer Werner Fassbinder ("Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" and "The Marriage of Maria Braun," both of which she calls "perfect"), Terrence Malick ("Days of Heaven") and James L. Brooks ("Broadcast News"). Dunham's funny commentary on her selections is here. Her 2010 film "Tiny Furniture" is a Criterion title. 1. "Fish Tank" (dir. Andrea Arnold, 2009) 2. "Days of Heaven" (dir. Terrence Malick, 1978) 3. "Broadcast News" (dir. James L. Brooks, 1987) 4. "Weekend" (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011) 5. Tie: "La Pointe Courte" (1955), "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1962), "Le bonheur" (1965), "Vagabond" (1985); all directed by Agnes Varda 6. Tie: "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1979), "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974); both directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder 7. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (dir. Peter »
- Beth Hanna
5 items from 2013
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