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Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988)

"I'll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap," whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda's ear at the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and ... See full summary »

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Calamity Jane / Claude Jade / Joan Arc
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L'amoureux colérique
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Le peintre / Murderer
Farid Chopel ...
Le colonial
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Le lecteur de Verlaine
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Himself
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Lardy
Monique Godard ...
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Ian Marshall ...
L'huissier
Les enfants Tooke ...
Les pauvres de Dickens
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James Millard ...
Tarzan
Pascale Torsat ...
Le modèle du Titien
Henri Piednoir ...
Le boulanger
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"I'll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap," whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda's ear at the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and VAGABOND once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously Expressionistic way. "It's like an imaginary bio-pic," says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer ("Je t'aime ... Moi non plus"), actress (BLOW UP), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences. In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkin's talent. "I'd like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else," says Birkin. But her wish to be a "famous nobody" is ...

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Sinfonia No. 10
Music by Francesco Manfredini
Performed by Ensemble Benedetto Marcello
avec l'aimable autorisation de Pathé Marconi/EMI
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A fun experiment full of complexities
17 April 2017 | by (.) – See all my reviews

I wish so many more women get this kind of fantastic, marvelous but also gentle and kind experimentation about themselves and their complexities that Agnes Varda gave Jane Birkin. The film is a mix of interviews (but I hesitate to call them interviews, since they aren't the conventional, still, serious kind that the word conjures) and different sketches inspired from a painting, a sentence uttered, a rough script drafted by Jane, and many other things that show the different sides and aspirations of a woman and an actress. Unlike other directors though, Agnes never makes it feel pretentious and never disrespects the subject. She takes great care and has fun with the audience in the process.


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