Seminar: Cléo from 5 to 7

Event Date
Monday, September 16th

Cléo from 5 to 7 was not Agnès Varda’s first film, but it helped her embark on what would become a long and distinguished career as a filmmaker among the otherwise predominantly male directors of the French New Wave.

Focused on the experience of one woman for two hours (from five to seven in one evening), it presents a nearly real-time framework. The result is that the audience experiences time and anticipation at the same pace as Cléo does. As Varda put it, she “wanted to make people feel the passage of time.” A vibrant meditation on female subjectivity, illness, and glamour, as well as a portrait of Parisian life in the early 1960s, Cléo from 5 to 7 still enchants even over half a century later. Join Sarah Keller, Director of Cinema Studies at UMass Boston, for a one-night seminar examining this excellent entry point into Varda’s work and legacy, in the wake of her death this past spring.

About the Speaker

Sarah Keller is Associate Professor of Art and Director of Cinema Studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston. She co-edited Jean Epstein: Critical Essays and New Translations (Amsterdam University Press, 2012), and her book Maya Deren: Incomplete Control examines the role of unfinished work through Maya Deren's oeuvre (Columbia University Press, 2014). She is currently at work on a book about anxiety and the history of cinephilia.

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