Cleo de 5 a 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, ninety minutes in the life of Cleo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda never considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du Cinema group of critics-turned-filmmakers.
Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda's early career as a student of art history and as a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy Algerian war to which Cleo's health concerns and ambitions to become a pop singer make her more or less oblivious. His study is the first to set a reading of Cleo's formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a visual document of its historical moment.
|Subtitle||A major point of reference for the French New Wave, Agnes Varda's 1962 film is here placed in its social, political and cinematic contexts.|
|Publisher(s)||Palgrave Macmillan , BFI Publishing|
|Original publication date||18/07/2008|
|Number of pages||96|