Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Agnes Varda

In her short film, Ulysses (1982), filmmaker Agnes Varda analyzes a photograph she took in 1954 on a rocky beach in Calais (top still).  The photo is indeed unsettling and surreal: a boy, a man, and a dead goat in the foreground. Varda sets out to recall the creation of this image and to evaluate her younger days as an aspiring photographer (second still) well on her way to making motion pictures. By 1954, she was already "directing" the composition of still photographs of friends and neighbors. Varda interviews the boy in the photo, named Ulysses, who is now grown up (third still). Varda also seeks to find the photograph's meaning in the current events and pop culture of 1954. 
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