DAGUERREOTYPES

DAGUERREOTYPES

    Price: $195.00

    Code: 2389
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Agnès Varda
    1975, 80 minutes
    Purchase: $195 | Classroom Rental: $85

    A classic documentary from Agnès Varda available for the first time in the US, Daguerréotypes is a wonderfully intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers on a short stretch of the Rue Daguerre, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker's home for more than 50 years. Varda has described the film as an archeological study for future sociologists.

    Varda has lived and worked on the Rue Daguerre in Paris's 14th Arondissement since the 1950s. But it wasn't until 1974, while at home with her two-year old son, that she turned her camera on her neighbors and began this rich documentary about the street and its inhabitants.

    As in her first feature, La Pointe Courte (filmed in the port city of Sète, where she used local fishermen and their families as actors) physical location is inextricably linked to the community portrayed in the film. Centered around a local magician's street performance, Daguerréotypes follows its mix of shopkeepers and artists as they move through their small street, documenting the world in microcosm.

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    Reviews

    "A beautiful homage… full of splendid mysteries. Immensely moving. A witty, very humane appreciation of Miss Varda’s friends and neighbors on a short section of the Rue Daguerre, a lively street of small shops in Paris’s 14th Arondissement.” – The New York Times

    "A charming and compassionate documentary.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    "Recommended. Daguerréotypes is a wonderful film to watch for exploring questions of modernity, as a companion piece to the Maysles’ brothers’ Salesman, or for anyone interested in the intricacies of editing and framing the cinematic image." - Educational Media Reviews Online