Invisible cinema: 7 p., cuis., s. de b.

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7 p., cuis., s. de b. … a saisir

Agnès Varda directed this short in 1984. Sept pieces, cuisine, salle de bains …a saisir (Seven Rooms, Kitchen, Bathroom …a Bargain) is a film about a house. It’s an essay, in the erratic sense of the word, about time and space. The camera moves in the rooms like a visitor. Walls speak. Objects tell stories. And old woman is shown in all the dignity and beauty of her naked body (it rarely happens).

There should be more movies about houses.

Buy (here) or download (here) this incredible little film.

Agnès Varda’s films live here.

6 thoughts on “Invisible cinema: 7 p., cuis., s. de b.

  1. Thanks for posting this, Luca. I’m so glad to be reminded of Agnès Varda. I loved Cléo from 5 to 7, and also The Gleaners and I, when I saw them years ago – but for some reason I haven’t seen any of her other films. Now I want to! I have to go and tell my wife: this will be a Varda weekend!

  2. Varda’s new to me. Just checked my library and they have these:
    Cléo de 5 à 7
    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse
    Le bonheur
    La Pointe Courte
    Sans toit ni loi

    Any suggestions on order?

  3. John, a beautiful introduction to Varda is Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès), a 2008 documentary about her films and her life. I was already a Varda fan when I saw it, but it gave me new ways to think about art and curiosity and self-awareness and joy.

  4. John, Christopher, watch The Beaches of Agnès, it should be out on DVD. All of Agnès Varda’s work is great. One of my favorites is Jacquot de Nantes, a documentary/fiction/essay film about her husband Jacques Demy, also a great filmmaker.
    Will write about Demy soon.

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