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Cinécriture and the power of images
in Agnès Varda
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Still image and moving image often meet in Agnès Varda's films. This chapter presents a consideration of how this woman from a non-cinematic background approaches the craft of film-making generally. It explores how her literary interests, her artistic and photographic experience affect her concept of the film, and what does the act of film-making imply for Varda. Varda constructs a film, she says, as a writer constructs a text, and she has coined the term 'cinécriture' (ciné-writing) to describe her work. If we take Varda's definition of 'cinecriture' seriously, it means that her films will repay the closest reading possible, because the film-maker herself is aware of the implications of everything she does. The chapter also discusses Varda's approach to film-form, presenting a detailed analysis of the importance of the construction and significance of single images and their relationship to the movement of the film.

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