Fans of French cinema—and international film in general—know the work of director Agnès Varda. Her first film, La Pointe Courte (1956), a groundbreaking, fictional documentary about a marriage falling apart, laid the groundwork for the experimental and stylish French New Wave movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Our Paris French Studies Center recently honored Agnès by naming its largest classroom after her. In this room, students study French business practices, language, and, of course, film. So, it was very exciting for students and faculty of the Paris – Ville Cinema course when Agnès came to spend an evening at the Center last month (on March 24).
The night started with a screening of her seminal film, Cléo de 5 á 7 (1962). After, the professor of the course led a conversation with Agnès, which ended with her taking questions from students. After class, Agnès chatted and took photos with our students.