She was an artist. She was a rebel. She was cinema itself. Remembering director Agnès Varda, the godmother of the French New Wave.
Belgian-born French director Agnès Varda died today at the age of 90.
If you're a fan or student of her work, this is certainly a huge blow. She not only helped give birth to the French New Wave but her work has gone on to influence generations of new filmmakers. The impact of her passing has been felt all over the world, especially among those in the film industry, many of whom have shared their most treasured memories of meeting her, working with her, and watching her films.
Last year at Cannes, Agnès Varda invited me to breakfast. She spoke of how she was in the last year of her life. About choices. And change. I told her what she meant to me. She held my hand as I did. Merci, Agnes. For your films. For your passion. For your light. It shines on. pic.twitter.com/NP2FSJACY9— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 29, 2019
Work and life were undeniably fused for this legend. She lived FULLY for every moment of those 90 damn years 😻 pic.twitter.com/SHnRbGoDmr— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) March 29, 2019
RIP Agnès Varda, a icon of independent cinema before it even had that name. 'Faces Places' was an inventive, funny capper on an extraordinary career. Was funny to see her, smiling with bemusement, on the 2017 Oscar circuit. She knew she didn't need one. She was already a legend. pic.twitter.com/RDYP0Zi12O— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 29, 2019
For my shooting star wherever you are... Agnes Varda ❤️ pic.twitter.com/M92Ha2VXky— JR (@JRart) March 29, 2019
Martin Scorsese even wrote a statement to The Wrap remembering the iconic filmmaking pioneer, which is not only a heartfelt sentiment about a dear colleague and friend but also wise counsel from a fellow cinematic master to young filmmakers that we must all watch her films:
I seriously doubt that Agnès Varda ever followed in anyone else’s footsteps, in any corner of her life or her art…which were one in the same. She charted and walked her own path each step of the way, she and her camera. Every single one of her remarkable handmade pictures, so beautifully balanced between documentary and fiction, is like no one else’s—every image, every cut …What a body of work she left behind: movies big and small, playful and tough, generous and solitary, lyrical and unflinching…and alive.
I saw her for the last time a couple of months ago. She knew that she didn’t have much longer, and she made every second count: she didn’t want to miss a thing. I feel so lucky to have known her. And to all young filmmakers: you need to watch Agnès Varda’s pictures.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not honor this revolutionary filmmaker by watching all of her movies?
Where to Stream
- Cleo from 5 to 7: Kanopy | iTunes
- Faces Places: Netflix | Kanopy | iTunes
- Kung Fu Master!: Kanopy | Fandor
- Jane B. By Agnes V.: Kanopy | Fandor
- You’ve Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know…: Fandor
- The Beaches of Agnes: Kanopy | Fandor | iTunes
- Anges Varda: From There to Here: iTunes | Fandor
- Cinevardaphoto: Kanopy
- Le Bonheur: Kanopy | Amazon Prime
- Daguerréotypes: Kanopy | Fandor
What is your favorite Anges Varda film?