THE BEACHES OF AGNES

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THE BEACHES OF AGNES
A film by Agnes Varda

DESCRIPTION
A reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnes is a magnificent film from the great Agnes Varda, director of The Gleaners and I and Cleo from 5 to 7, a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and the birth of the French New Wave.

SPECIAL FEATURES
· Mastered from original HD Source Material
· Two shorts by Agnès Varda on the making of the film: Around Trapeze Artists and Daguerre-Beach
· Le Lion Volatil, a short film directed by Agnes Varda starring Julie Depardieu
· Biography and Filmography
· Theatrical Trailer
· 5.1 Soundtrack
· 12-Page Booklet featuring production notes and an essay by film critic Amy Taubin

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
* Winner, Best Documentary, Cesar Awards, 2009
* Winner, Best Film, French Critics Union, 2009
* Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, Venice Film Festival, 2008

DVD INFO
France / 2008 / 110 minutes / 1.85:1
French with English Subtitles / Not Rated

REVIEWS
Four Stars! “A great, loving, uplifting film.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Glorious... A remarkable history, rich in comedy and occasionally heartbreaking, filled with wise reflections and strange digressions about the wonders of life.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A work of art in its own right, one of her best—a poignant, rapturously emotional tribute to life itself.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Exhilarating. A lively, visually stunning autobiographical essay… Will no doubt enchant newcomers to her work just as thoroughly as it will captivate her longtime fans. The Beaches of Agnes might be the best film yet from a director who for half a century has managed to inspire, astonish and endure.”
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Extraordinary. Breathtaking. It's difficult not to leave the theater giddy at being swept up in Ms. Vardas’ embrace.”
– Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

“An artist of undiminished vigor, curiosity and intelligence.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A masterpiece.”
– Stuart Klawans, The Nation

“Wonderful. It's tempting to say that she's the most distinguished living woman filmmaker. But that would be to insult her with faint praise. She's one of the most distinguished filmmakers, period.”
– John Powers, NPR

“Exciting and inspirational. The sort of documentary that inspires you to pursue art, love and friendship while looking forward to senior citizenship with anticipation.”
– Alonso Duralde, MSNBC

“A cinematic reverie. One job of memoir is to show the world through another’s eyes and inspire you to live more alertly, and that is the glory of The Beaches of Agnès.”
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine





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