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Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988)

Jane B. par Agnès V. (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Fantasy | 2 March 1988 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Agnès Varda

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Agnès Varda
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Jane Birkin ... Calamity Jane / Claude Jade / Joan Arc
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... L'amoureux colérique
Philippe Léotard ... Le peintre / Murderer
Farid Chopel Farid Chopel ... Le colonial
Alain Souchon ... Le lecteur de Verlaine
Serge Gainsbourg ... Self
Laura Betti ... Lardy
Monique Godard Monique Godard ... La sous-maîtresse
Ian Marshall Ian Marshall ... L'huissier
Les enfants Tooke Les enfants Tooke ... Les pauvres de Dickens
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... La fille de J.
Mathieu Demy ... Le fils de A.
James Millard ... Tarzan
Pascale Torsat Pascale Torsat ... Le modèle du Titien
Henri Piednoir 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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Biography | Fantasy

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References Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

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The Changeling
Written by Jim Morrison (uncredited)
Performed by The Doors
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A strange Felliniesque documentary about Jane Birkin
3 November 2013 | by thaoSee all my reviews

Here is a strange Felliniesque documentary about Jane Birkin. Varda takes Birkin apart, gets her to confess and open up, makes up some facts, puts her in roles she does not like (she does not want to play Jane, the wife of Tarzan) and offers her to pick roles she would love (Joan of Arc, Mowgli) and a chance to play against actors who she admires. It is a wild avant garde ride, full of humor, beautiful visuals and quirky moments. Not all of the scenes are as interesting and it does sometimes feel like it is not going anywhere but it is a ride well worth taking and it does show well what a daring and challenging artist Varda has always been.


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French

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2 March 1988 (France) See more »

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Jane B. for Agnes V. See more »

Filming Locations:

Rue Daguerre, Paris, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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