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Film: Cleo From 5 to 7
Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 3:00pm
In Agnis Varda's take on the New Wave's girl-in-Paris scenario, the imperially named Cliopatre Victoire (Corinne Marchand) lounges on a girly bed strewn with kittens, dollish wiglet perched atop her coif, as her stocky maid fusses. A pampered chanteuse who tells herself that "ugliness is a kind of death," Clio is a frilly basket case of bad faith: capricious, vain, and superstitious, an existentialist critique of the modern self as narcissistic pop star. She's the kind of deeply superficial character Sofia Coppola thinks she makes movies about. Varda portrays a slice of Clio's life in faux real time, but this stretch from 5 to 7 p.m. is a far from random choice: It's the last two hours Clio must wait until hearing the results of a test for cancer. At first facing her mortality with pouty petulance, the singer wends her way through the city (Varda's photojournalistic eye picking up viriti bits en route), eventually achieving a last-minute epiphany. With this, a more mature response to Breathless (Godard and Anna Karina make cameos as silent movie actors), Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth.

---The Village Voice

Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962 Agnes Varda)
35mm Film
90 minutes
November 14th & November 15th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, November 16th @ 3:00 pm
5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

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PSU Film Committee