Agnès Varda in California
Mur Murs / Documenteur
dir. Agnès Varda, US, 1981, DCP, 81 min.
“Mur Murs is a documentary about the "murals" of Los Angeles, that is to say, the paintings on the walls of the city. Who paints. Who pays. The viewers. How the truth of this city, the capital of cinema, is revealed by its inhabitants on its own walls.” - Cine-Tamaris
dir. Agnès Varda, US, 1981, DCP, 63 min.
“Documenteur tells the story of a French woman in Los Angeles, Emily, separated from the man she loves, who seeks a home for her and her 8 year old son, Martin. She finds one and installs furniture recovered from the waste thrown into the street. Her distress is expressed through others that she observes and encounters, all living their own form of exile.” - Cine-Tamaris
AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA
At a certain point in every filmmaker’s career, the lure of Hollywood becomes unavoidable. Whether it's satire or a sincere embrace, even the edgiest auteurs will eventually confront the reality of the motion picture industry and its surrounding mythology. For Agnès Varda this initial encounter with Los Angeles came in the late 1960s as she accompanied her then-husband, Jacques Demy, when he was directing the film Model Shop. In total, Varda shot five films in California, three in the 1960s and two more on a return visit in the early 1980s. The films run the gamut from short documentaries to feature-length narrative cinema. All combine an outsider’s critique of American culture and a deep fondness for a state that symbolizes individualism and the spirit of manifest destiny.