Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]
DVD9 | ISO | NTSC, 16:9 (720x480) VBR | 01:29:50 | 7.79 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Psychological Drama, Urban Drama

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cleo de cinq a sept), per its title, concentrates on two hours in the life of a woman. Those hours are desperate ones, in that Cleo, a pop singer, awaits the results of her tests for cancer. Director Agnes Varda stages the film in "real" rather than subjective time, its various episodes divided into chapters, using significant Tarot cards. During the allotted time, Cleo visits her friends, tries to sing her worries away, spends money, and cries.

Synopsis by Hal Erickson, Allmovie.com

Writer/director Agnes Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7 is one of the more unassuming works in the French New Wave – it has neither the historical gravity of, say, Alain Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour nor the shock value of Jean-Luc Godard's À Bout de Souffle – but in its own quiet way, it offers offers a meticulous record of one woman's capacity to observe, dream, and feel. In near real-time, we follow pop singer Cléo (Corrine Marchand) as she waits for her doctor's verdict on a cancer test; though the subject matter is heart-rending, Varda's athletic direction prevents the film from becoming a cloying weepie. In true New Wave fashion, she incorporates any technique that suits her needs: a meandering soundtrack that picks up ancillary characters' conversations; subjective point-of-view shots; titles that separate the film into "chapters"; and documentary-style snatches of street life. Instead of cluttering the film, Varda's flourishes have a breezy, existential quality that underscores Cléo's impending news without trivializing her predicament. Marchand aids the director immensely; her intuitive performance suggests a brainier Marilyn Monroe afflicted with spiritual malaise.

Review by Michael Hastings, Allmovie.com

IMDB 7,9/10 from 6 139 users

Wiki

Director: Agnès Varda

Writer: Agnès Varda

Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanc, Michel Legrand and other

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) [The Criterion Collection #73]


Special Features:

Remembrances (2005), a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Varda and actors Corinne Marchand and Antoine Bourseiller
Gallery of paintings by Hans Baldung Grien, whose work inspired the character of Cléo
Excerpt from a 1993 French television program featuring Madonna and Varda talking about the film
Cléo’s Real Path Through Paris (2005), a short film retracing, on a motorcycle, Cléo’s steps through Paris
Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1961), a short film directed by Varda, featuring some of her new wave colleagues, with Varda explaining why the film was featured in Cléo
L’opéra Mouffe (1958), an early short by Varda, with a score by Georges Delerue
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation

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