I'm changing things up. I have The Complete Films of Agnes Varda box set. At first, I thought that this meant only the feature length films. Nope. This includes the short films as well. Since I'm painfully a completionist, I'm watching all of these short films as well. But I also know that I can't write an essay about each and every one of these movies. So instead, I'll do some blurbs about each one as I watch them. So I'll keep updating as I go along.
Les 3 boutons (2015) -I think I like Varda's early work a lot. I've talked about this in Varda by Agnes and Visages / Villages. It just seems like it was trying less to be art and simply was art back in the day. Again, I don't mean to poo-poo. Varda has more artistic merit in her pinky than I'll ever have. To a certain extent, this movie felt like some of her earlier work. It had a narrative. It had a confusing narrative, but it was a narrative. But in the mix of visuals, I kind of lost the point of it besides looking pretty and being artsy.
Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958) -There is something incredibly satisfying about this. There's an innocence to Varda as she's making what ultimately is a comissioned travel film. She seems worried about upsetting those who are hiring her while trying to maintain an artistic integrity and it is near perfect. Yeah, it's a travel promo film. It's the equivalent of a town asking for an extended infomercial. But it works so well. But not as well as...
Du côté de la côte (1958) -...this. In the same year, she's hired for basically the same job with the French Riviera. Then she just goes bananas and makes her own art film that happens to be emotionally about the French Riviera. When the folks who hired her saw that she claimed that the best view is from the grave, were they all excited about it? This is Varda that I adore. She's spunky and adorable and has social commentary, even when she's hired for travel videos.
Film is great. It can challenge us. It can entertain us. It can puzzle us. It can awaken us.
Mr. H has watched an upsetting amount of movies. They bring him a level of joy that few things have achieved.