Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1969, 115 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.
Agnès Varda brings New York counterculture to Los Angeles. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman and two men—Viva, of Warhol Factory fame, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who created and starred in the rock musical Hair—delight in one another’s bodies while musing on love, stardom, and politics. They are soon joined by underground director Shirley Clarke, playing herself as well as functioning as a surrogate for Varda. Lions Love (… and Lies) is a meta-cinematic inquiry into the alternating currents of whimsy and tragedy that typified late-60s America.
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