My favorite film of the 1980s? It’s probably either this or Blade Runner, depending on which one I’ve seen last.
Or My Neighbor Totoro, or Bad Timing. Hm. Well, that’s the company Vagabond keeps.
If I ever meet Agnès Varda (and here’s hoping), I’m going to ask her why she dedicated this movie to Nathalie Sarraute.
(For more of my thoughts on this great film, see this post. See also this short and well-made Film Art video essay on Varda’s use of elliptical editing.)
Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) (1985)
Written and directed by Agnès Varda
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A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.