While in San Francisco for the promotion of her last film in October 1967, Agnès Varda, tipped by her friend Tom Luddy, gets to know a relative she had never heard of before, Jean Varda, ... See full summary »
On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono's art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, curated by David Ross... See full summary »
What does being a woman really mean? How do women live the status society reserves for them? A group of women, beautiful or not, young or not, gifted with motherly instinct or not, answer before Agnès Varda's camera.
A subtitle warns, "Beware of dark sunglasses." Anna and her lover, whose looks in bowler and bow tie are reminiscent of a young Buster Keaton, kiss chastely on a bridge overlooking the ... See full summary »
Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »
"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 »
Black Panthers (original title) is listed by IMDb with the title "Huey" (1968). However, we saw it with the original title. This half-hour documentary was directed by the French filmmaker Agnès Varda.
Varda went to a Black Panther rally in Oakland. The Panthers were demanding that the government free Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther party. Newton was on trial, accused of murdering a police officer.
Beside filming the rally itself, Varda filmed an interview with Newton himself while he was in jail, In addition, she interviewed or recorded H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver.
The Black Panthers Party was a revolutionary party, and they made no secret of the necessity to use violence to obtain their goals. They considered themselves at war with the Oakland Police Department. (Probably, the feeling was mutual.)
This is a historically important movie, especially for those who aren't old enough to remember the events of the late 1960's. It's also a lesson in the craft of documentary filmmaking, as exemplified by Agnès Varda. I would sum it up as "speak softly, but get the footage you need."
We saw this film at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. It's part of a Varda retrospective, co-sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology and the Eastman Museum. I'm sure it will work well on the small screen.
P.S. Newton was eventually convicted of manslaughter, but a higher court overturned the verdict. He had two more trials, both of which ended in hung juries. Ultimately, the government gave up.
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