Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Cléo from 5 to 7

Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) is the second feature from the acclaimed filmmaker known as the “Godmother of the French New Wave,” and the film that solidified her international reputation. It focuses on a beautiful young chanteuse named Cléo (Corrine Marchand) as she waits in turmoil to hear the potentially devastating results of a medical test. The structural conceit of the film is such that the viewer lives each moment in real time with Cléo on this particularly charged evening, as she walks the streets of Paris, meets friends, shops, and confronts her own mortality.

Varda began her storied career as a photojournalist, and her talent as such is evident in the way she captures the bustling Parisian streetscapes with vivid detail and an eye for the unexpected. Deftly exploring female image and identity in society, Varda interrogates the divergence between public and private personas, making unique use of the mirror motif that would come to be associated with the French New Wave. Yet, for all its thematic sophistication, the film is an effortless delight to watch, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (who plays a small role in the film), and cameos by New Wave luminaries Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina. Join us to wander Paris with Cléo and discover the singular vision of Agnès Varda.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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  • Wednesday, May 30
    6:30pm 2018-05-30 18:30:00 2018-05-30 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Cléo from 5 to 7 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA