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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.

Director:

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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Production Co:

Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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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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Plot-less, camera fun by the mistress of cinema
28 October 2011 | by Felonious-PunkSee all my reviews

The movie is a feast for the eyes, we stroll through a French town from the perspective of a pregnant woman. It would be interesting to know whether Agnes Varda, the director, was herself pregnant during the shooting or editing of this movie. The images flow in groups of different types, for example, there are set of images organized by the shape of the images, there are sets organized by similar movement, there are sets organized by meaning. It is all very hypnotic. There is also a surprising amount of nudity for the year of its production. As far as my experience goes, it has more nudity than any movie before it and any movie after it until 1966's "I am Curious-Yellow". This movie reminds me of the experiments made during the early days of the movie camera and also the early avant-garde movies of France and Russia. It's well done, but it doesn't offer much beyond what those earlier movies achieved.

Also the original soundtrack is a unique and interesting counterpoint.


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