Cléo from 5 to 7

Still from Cléo from 5 to 7No events to showDirector: Agnès Varda, France/Italy 1962, 90 mins, PG

“In fusing Cléo’s intricate consciousness with the teeming vitality of city life and the fine grain of daily activity, Varda displays her vast artistic inspiration and expands the power of the cinema itself.”  The New Yorker

Cléo is an aspiring pop singer in the politically frenetic Parisian Left-Bank milieu of the early sixties. Her anxieties about her mortality and the whirlwind of her everyday social engagements during a two-hour period are elevated into a timeless existential composition that has not dated, unlike the films of some of Agnès Varda’s New Wave contemporaries.

“Coming in the midst of the new wave, Cléo from 5 to 7 seemed to embody the prime obsession of all the young cinema movements of the sixties: to evoke the eternal present, flashing by in a sustained intensity.” The Criterion Collection

Further reading

    1. Roger Ebert
    2. The New Yorker
    3. The Guardian
    4. Slant Magazine
    5. The Criterion Collection