By Steven Ungar
From Amazon: "Cléo de five à 7, Agnes Varda’s vintage paintings of 1962 depicts, in close to actual time, 90 mins within the lifetime of Cléo, a tender girl in Paris waiting for the result of scientific exams that she fears will determine a deadly situation. The movie, whose visible good looks suits its evocation of early 5th Republic Paris, was once an immense aspect of reference for the French New Wave although Varda, the one significant woman French director of the interval, by no means thought of herself a member of the middle Cahiers du Cinéma crew of critics grew to become filmmakers. Ungar presents a detailed studying of the movie and situates it in its social, political and cinematic context, tracing Varda’s early occupation as a pupil of paintings background and a photographer, the background of post-war French movie, and the long Algerian conflict to which Cléo’s overall healthiness issues and pursuits to develop into a pop singer make her roughly oblivious. His research is the 1st to set a studying of Cléo’s formal and technical complexity along an research of its prestige as a rfile of a selected historic moment."
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Cléo de 5 à 7 (BFI Film Classics) by Steven Ungar