9 Film Critics Reflect on How Agnès Varda Inspired Them — IndieWire Critics Survey

IndieWire | 3/11/2019 | Staff
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The film world lost a legendary figure on Friday morning, when it was announced that Agnès Varda had died.

The news sparked an immense outpouring of support, and it seemed as if many of the tributes were unified by a sense of boundary-breaking inspiration. Varda said that she always “wanted to make people see deeply,” that she didn’t want “to show people things, but to give people the desire to see,” and the response to her passing seems to prove that she was successful in her mission.

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This week’s question: How did Agnès Varda inspire you?

“The Beaches of Agnès”

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Though I’m unfortunately not as well-versed with Varda’s work as the many others who have written more extensive or personal tributes, what’s clear to anyone with any familiarity with her remarkable life and career is that she had a permanent sense of enthusiastic innovation. There’s a reason that her films resonate across decades and generations, and that’s because she was a figure undeniably present in countless moments and movements.

For me, the mere idea that her voice always seems to be there, examining the questions that face humans or humanity at large in every context, no matter where you look—from the 1950s through the 2010s; in shorts or features; in fictional narratives or documentaries; in photography or films—renders her legacy and her art deeply inspirational and that much more wide-reaching.

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It’s awe-inspiring to imagine the personal strength that’s inseparable from Agnès Varda’s relentless artistic innovation and self-renewal. Circumstances conspired with a metronomic regularity against her career; despite her meteoric début at twenty-five, she needed to restart her work, to find a second act, around the age of thirty, a third by forty, and so on, until, in her early seventies, she launched the final stage with a mighty artistic impetus—and, had illness not intervened, she’d surely...
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