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"Plaże Agnes": autoportret Vardy
"The beaches of Agnes": the self-portrait of Varda

Author(s): Tadeusz Lubelski
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Varda Agnes; autobiographism; French cinema

Summary/Abstract: The work of Agnes Varda – one of the most personal and independent in whole history of the cinema – is not easily classified using the terms of genre traditionally used in film studies. Her feature films usually contain some documentary elements, while her documentaries are constructed following the rules of artistic creation. It is with this in mind that Lubelski presents Varda’s "The Beaches of Agnes" (2008), which the director considers to be her true self-portrait. Lubelski lists arguments in order to confirm the thesis, that the self-portrait is a specific formula for "The Beaches of Agnes", and a construction pattern for the film. But this self-portrait is one of a kind – a self-portrait, and yet imagination, in which Varda includes fragments filmed during real performance shows, in which she took part, news reports, and inter-textual references (quotes from her own films, reproduction of art etc). This is a very particular self-portrait, in which the author – although she is always present – pays more attention to others than herself, as if the reproduction of her own memories served to create new and refresh the old relationships with others, and did not serve the process of “learning more about oneself”.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 73
  • Page Range: 33-41
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish