We meet Agnes Varda again this week with her follow-up to Cleo from 5 to 7 (albeit 23 years later): 1985's Vagabond. Following in the tradition of many of our second encounters with directors, I think we understand Varda a bit better this go around and it's reflected in the conversation. We can do good sometimes!
At Spine 73 Agnes Varda's Cleo from 5 to 7 clocks in at only the second female director featured in the Criterion Collection (after Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter), and while we do ruminate and lament that for a bit, hypocritically there's only been one episode of Lost in Criterion so far to feature female voices (Amanda M. and Casey H. in Rushmore just six weeks ago). So there's that. Sorry. We'd like to change, but we need people who can work with our schedule. Would you enjoy discussing films with Pat and I early on Saturday mornings? Please let us know in the comments or on Facebook! We certainly need more diversity.
Anyway, in this film Pat gets annoyed by the main character's angst, and I spend as much energy as I can trying to get him to care. We have more Varda coming up in the Collection, including next week's Vagabond, and well deserved, too, considering she pretty much started the French New Wave. Hopefully Pat can get into the others.