Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.
... but it turned out to be a very entertaining doc on a fascinating subject. The footage that Nick Broomfield selected was mostly new to me, so there wasn't the stale feeling you get when you watch something for the umpteenth time. The two best interviewees were Aviva Layton, who had some very funny and true things to say about living with a genius, and Ron Cornelius who was most interesting when talking about the concert tours in the 70's. He learned how to stay away from acid and Mandrax.
I missed any words from Suzanne (tea and oranges) Verdal--although her name appears in the credits--and Jennifer Warnes, who can be seen briefly in concert footage.
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