When young filmmakers Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy were married in 1959, they seemed like an unlikely pair. Varda’s work is characterized by avant-garde documentary realism, in keeping with the “Left Bank” sensibilities of Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. Demy’s films, on the other hand, have the visual flair and idealism of Hollywood fare, showing a reverence for American cinema akin to that exhibited by Nouveau Vague filmmakers like Truffaut and Godard. But a closer look at the work of Varda and Demy in the early years of their marriage reveals that these superficial differences in style belie deeper similarities. Under the glitzy surface of Demy’s musicals are  somber themes of class disparity and war, and Varda’s guerrilla style brims with a romantic optimism that still permeates her recent work. Varda and Demy stayed married until his death from AIDS in 1990, but the works they created side by side remain a testament to one of the richest partnerships in cinema history.


In This Series

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Lola
December 6, 2018
5:30 pm7:00 pm

Directed by Jacques Demy (France, 1961, 91 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Film

Lions Love (... and Lies)
December 7, 2018
5:30 pm7:30 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1969, 115 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Film

Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
December 7, 2018
8:00 pm9:35 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1962, 90 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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Lions Love (... and Lies)
December 8, 2018
12:30 pm2:30 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1969, 115 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Film

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg)
December 8, 2018
3:00 pm4:40 pm

Directed by Jacques Demy (France, 1964, 95 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg)
December 9, 2018
12:30 pm2:10 pm

Directed by Jacques Demy (France, 1964, 95 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
December 12, 2018
5:30 pm7:00 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1962, 90 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort)
December 12, 2018
7:30 pm9:45 pm

Directed by Jacques Demy (France, 1967, 128 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles. Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (...

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Happiness (Le bonheur)
December 13, 2018
6:00 pm7:30 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1965, 85 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Film

Lions Love (... and Lies)
December 13, 2018
8:00 pm10:00 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1969, 115 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort)
December 14, 2018
5:00 pm7:15 pm

Directed by Jacques Demy (France, 1967, 128 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles. Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (...

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Happiness (Le bonheur)
December 15, 2018
11:00 am12:30 pm

Directed by Agnès Varda (France, 1965, 85 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

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