Agnès Varda in California
Uncle Yanco / Black Panthers / Lions Love (…And Lies)
dir. Agnès Varda, US, 1967, DCP, 22 min.
“In the aquatic suburbs of San Francisco, I discovered a Greek man living on a houseboat. He painted celestial and Byzantine cities, and received hippies and protestors. I found out that he was my uncle living in America, and what a wonderful man he was.” - Agnès Varda
Dir. Agnès Varda, US, 1968, DCP, 30 min.
Black Panthers was shot in Oakland during the demonstrations around the trial of Huey Newton.
Lions Love (…And Lies)
dir. Agnès Varda, US, 1969, DCP, 110 min.
Three actors (Viva, Jim and Jerry) work in search of stardom and live in a rented house in Hollywood. When filmmaker Shirley Clarke comes to visit in search of funding for a project, Varda explores in documentary fashion both the Los Angeles underground and the Hollywood system it worked with and against.
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.