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Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958)

L'opéra-mouffe (original title)
Impressions of the rue Mouffetard, Paris 5, through the eyes of a pregnant woman.

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Agnès Varda

Writer:

Agnès Varda (narration of opening chapters "Quatrains")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... L'amoureuse (as Dorothée Blank)
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine Bourseiller
André Rousselet André Rousselet
Jean Tasso Jean Tasso
José Varela José Varela ... Lover
Monika Weber Monika Weber
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A pregnant filmmaker takes us to rue Mouffetard, "la Mouffe," in the Latin Quarter of Paris for a mix of documentary footage and imagined scenes. Vignettes or chapters unfold - on the feeling of nature, on pregnancy, on anxiety, on desire, and so forth. Women shop at a vegetable market, their faces marked by care and poverty. We see young lovers, playful and innocent. Derelicts drink and sleep on sidewalks. A weary pregnant woman carries her shopping bags; later, she eats flowers. There are counterpoints of gritty realism and playful, near-surrealistic images. Political and artistic consciousnesses create a montage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

April 1958 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ópera-Mouffe See more »

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Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France # 31493 bis. See more »

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Featured in Cléo from 5 to 7: Remembrances and Anecdotes (2005) See more »

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An early short film by the great Agnès Varda
19 February 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

L'opéra-mouffe (original title) was shown in the U.S. as Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958). The filmmaker Agnès Varda directed this homage to Rue Mouffetard, in Paris' 5th Arrondissement.

I think the original French title works better for this movie. It's true that the neighborhood is seen through the eyes of a pregnant woman, but I think the intent of the film is to give us a feeling for the everyday life in this non-prepossessing neighborhood in Paris.

Varda uses her usual technique of casually showing us the people and events in the neighborhood, and letting us draw our own conclusions. Nothing dramatic happens during the short (16 minute) film. However, at the end, I felt that I had learned something about the way that neighborhood looked and sounded at that time.

We saw this film on the large screen at the excellent Dryden Theatre of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. It was part of an Agnès Varda retrospective sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Eastman Museum. It will work well on the small screen.


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