Illuminating Cinema: Cleo from 5 to 7
Directed by Agnès Varda. France. 1962. NR. 1 hour 30 minutes minutes. Janus Films. Digital.
Sun., May 19, 2019
Selfish pop singer Cléo (Corinne Marchand) has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they talk and walk, Cléo comes to terms with her selfishness, finding peace before the results come back. In French with English Subtitles.
About the Talk & Conversation
From the moment Agnès Varda made her first film in 1955 to her last film, finished just before her death this past March at age 90, she worked tirelessly, suffusing her films with questions about aging and time. This presentation will not only examine these threads in Varda’s long career but also consider the importance of place as a reflection of identity in Varda’s work. Cléo from 5 to 7 is full of mirrors, literal reflections of how Paris sees Clèo and bears witness to her change.
How do Varda’s films connect her own ideas and experiences with broader issues of women’s representation onscreen? Clèo from 5 to 7 asks how women inhabit public spaces, Varda asks how women make movies for public consumption. Although the film portrays only a two-hour snapshot of Cléo’s experience and Varda’s career spanned decades, both the director and character reinvent themselves. Varda recently received her first Oscar nomination, for the documentary Faces Places, making her the oldest nominee on record. Yet she remained an adorable surprise, sending cardboard cutouts of herself in her place to the Oscar nominee luncheon, precisely the sort of irreverent fun that might crop up in one of her films. Above all, the conversation will discuss the joy in Varda’s work, and how pleasure in a life well lived infuses her cinematic style.
About the Speaker
Jennifer Fleeger is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies and coordinator of the film studies program at Ursinus College. She is the author of Mismatched Women: The Siren’s Song Through the Machine and Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz, both published by Oxford University Press. She lives in Phoenxiville.
1:00PM – Pre-Show Talk in the Garden Suite
1:30PM – Film Screening in the 1903 Theatre
3:00PM – Post-Show Conversation in the Garden Suite
Seniors & Students: $20
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When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!
Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.
In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).
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