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Agnès Varda

Without Agnès Varda and the other filmmakers of the French New Wave — particularly the Left Bank auteurs — the essay film wouldn’t exist in its current shape and form. Perhaps best known for her classics of that period, the octogenarian director has displayed a renewed creative spirit — and found new audiences — with her personal essay films of the current century, “The Gleaners and I” and “The Beaches of Agnès.” Certainly, Varda hasn’t settled into the “late period” mode that typically seizes the elder statesmen and stateswomen of cinema. Continue reading Agnes Varda’s Whimsical ‘Faces, Places’ Is Endlessly Charming [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.