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  • Summary: A collection of three short cineessays by Agnes Varda: Ydessa, The Bears, and etc. (2004), Ulysses (1982) and Salut les Cubains (1963). A photographer before she turned to film, Varda explores the medium's ability to preserve a moment for eternity, while remaining open to an array of interpretations that evolve over time. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors.
  2. A masterful collection of cinematic essays.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Varda renders the political personal and the personal universal.
  4. 80
    Varda's photography is a pure joy, but rereleasing this film four decades later, absent any commentary on the ironic distance between then and now, is a typically challenging gesture.
  5. What lights Cinèvardaphoto is Varda's ageless ability to merge her spirit with that of the images she shows us.
  6. Although Cinevardaphoto is hardly a major work, it does represent the latest (and earlier) chapters in the career of a fascinating filmmaker.
  7. Reviewed by: Russell Scott Smith
    Sitting through three totally unrelated documentaries in a row -- with all that puzzling (subtitled) dialogue and those long (enigmatic) silences? That's a migraine waiting to happen.

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