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The Cinema of Agnès VardaResistance and Eclecticism$
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Delphine Benezet

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169752

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169752.001.0001

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Poetics of Space

Poetics of Space

(p.89) Chapter Four Poetics of Space
The Cinema of Agnès Varda

Delphine Bénézet

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers how Agnès Varda articulates a model of cinema that subverts classical theory. It analyses this model by determining how Varda approaches space when she films or when she sets up installations. It also identifies the notable common elements in her works. An analysis of her projects shows that space is neither objective nor topographic. It is not a blank canvas or a tabula rasa on which the filmmaker can build anything that she wants, but a perspective closer to that of cultural geographers who argue that space is socially constituted through the interaction of boundaries, representations and practices. Varda's films and installations represent how lived or inhabited space is known phenomenologically through participation in or inhabitation of the world. The chapter discusses first the notion of motional geography and then moves to the relational modus operandi of Varda's work.

Keywords:   Agnès Varda, model of cinema, classical theory, film, installation, space, motional geography, cultural geography

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