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Agnès Varda on Art, Life, Film, and More

Happy birthday, Agnès Varda! Here are some quotes from the filmmaker:

“You have to invent life.”

“Memory is like sand in my hand.”

“I was free always.”

“In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.”

“I try to break the barrier, break the border, and give freedom to film and allow myself to show the painting in the middle.”

“This is all you need in life: a computer, a camera, and a cat.”

“I had a world. I don’t think I had a career. I made films.”

“[N]ostalgia doesn’t make sense, because it’s like bringing the memories back to be a special part of my day or to be part of my week. And I’m inside my memories the same way I’m inside my everyday life.”

“I think people should be different. I love people who don’t go by the rule that you have to be careful because you’re old, you have to do this and that, you have to eat this and that.”

“I need images, I need representation which deals in other means than reality. We have to use reality but get out of it. That’s what I try to do all the time.”

“I’m still fighting. I don’t know how much longer, but I’m still fighting a struggle, which is to make cinema alive and not just make another film, you know?”

“If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes. If we opened me up, we’d find beaches.”


  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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