The Beaches Of Agnes has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Like New
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $6.16
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Beaches Of Agnes
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Beaches Of Agnes


Price: $29.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
6 new from $17.67 4 used from $15.71
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$29.95
$17.67 $15.71
$29.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Beaches Of Agnes + The Gleaners and I + Daguerreotypes
Price for all three: $77.96

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save Big On Used: Buy "The Beaches Of Agnes” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 34% off the $29.95 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Used offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnes is a magnificent film from the great Agnes Varda, director of The Gleaners and I and Cleo from 5 to 7, a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and the birth of the French New Wave.

SPECIAL FEATURES
- Mastered from original HD Source Material
- Two shorts by Agnes Varda on the making of the film
- "Le Lion Volatil" (12 minutes), short film by Agnes Varda starring Julie Depardieu
- Biography and Filmography
- Theatrical Trailer
- 5.1 Soundtrack
- 12-Page booklet featuring production notes and essay by film critic Amy Taubin

Review

[Four Stars!] "A great, loving, uplifting film." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Grade: A! In 'The Beaches of Agnès,' you get addicted to watching Agnes Varda watch the world." --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A work of art in its own right, one of her best a poignant, rapturously emotional tribute to life itself." --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Agnes Varda
  • Directors: Agnes Varda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030H16W6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beaches Of Agnes" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
8
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BetsyR on February 14, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this doc. at the Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival, for me, it was the best film in the fest -- and it is moving, touching, fascinating, beautiful and more. I hope it wins the Acad. Award. It most surely should, both for the innovative qualities of her story-telling and for the story, Ms. Varda's life. She says she's always been a gleaner -- and that was a wonderful film, The Gleaners and I -- and here she gleans her own life, makes a mosaic of all the bits and pieces, inspiring, I think, the rest of us to do similarly with our own. I look forward to buying the DVD - and I never buy DVDs, but this will be one to look at and look at and look at again.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HMU123 on March 26, 2010
Format: DVD
Granted, I am a huge fan of Agnès Varda's work--and persona. I've seen most of her American releases, which are, unfortunately, far fewer than the 46 films she's directed.

Eighty-one-year-old Varda is, first and foremost, a poet who happens to be holding a videocamera. And with this, her autobiography, she quickly brings us into the stream of consciousness of her brilliant mind, regaling us with both fantastic images, filmic experiments, and words rendered so quietly and sweetly that it belies their utter veracity. With the fluidity of a Russian ballerina, she weaves still photos, clips from her films, present-day documentary footage, and fictional re-creations.

A viewer with a familiarity of her oeuvre will obviously take away greater understanding and enjoyment of this recounting of her life and work. Yet, I believe it's accessible even for the uninitiated, as a tribute to an artist and iconoclast who sustains a strong vision and keen insight into life and art. And a great big heart.

" `If we opened up people, we'd find landscapes.' If we opened up me, we'd find beaches," she begins, an apt conceit for the half-Greek filmmaker who has lived her life near the sea. And thus, in the film's opening shots, she constructs a web of mirrors propped on easels in the sand, reflecting the incoming waves. These are fancy, gilded, furniture mirrors, large and small, capturing both la plage and Varda's reflection as she begins the narrative of her childhood. In and of itself, it's a beautiful installation piece--greatly enhanced by the reflexive quality of a sea of cameras filming themselves.

Moments later, she sets up family photos on blades of grass in the sand.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on December 8, 2010
Format: DVD
Before I viewed a screening of THE BEACHES OF AGNES, a documentary on the life and times of film legend Agnes Varda (who was also wife of Jacques Demy), I knew very little of her.The only association I had of Agnes was that she was connected with the French New Wave, as a precursor. For those of you unfamiliar with the French New Wave, it was a term cloned to describe a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who created a new and unique style of filmmaking, that openly rejected iconoclasm (destruction of symbolism, religious and otherwise) and was also an example of European art cinema. The films had long tracking shots, as well as a question or reflection of human existence. Varda was considered a "Left Bank Director" of this craft.

Varda, a Belgian born artiste of Greek and French extraction, was a rare breed in every sense of the word. That is made all the more evident in her depiction of life, through a series of episodic shots and dramatic exchanges on and off the beach. An avid beach comber, Varda (who was already in her declining years, while shooting this film) could think of no better landscape to discuss her life and life's work, than in a setting with sand and lapping waves (for me, in my stream of consciousness, I connected each wave filmed, as a reference to French New Wave genre that she was part of). The episodes draw on the absurd (case in point - a reenactment of a sexual encounter between her and filmmaker husband, Jacques Demy - she shows two actors lying on the beach, making love, while wearing bags over their heads). Scenes are spliced and diced, as well as infused with witty humor that plays on themes of the absurd.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on March 11, 2010
Format: DVD
****1/2

"The Beaches of Agnes" is an autobiographical documentary done in a uniquely impressionistic style. The subject is Agnes Varda, the legendary French director who began her career in the 1950s and, who at the age of 80, shows that she is still a master of her art and craft. For not only does Varda provide the voiceover narration for the film, but she conceived and directed the project as well.

Varda uses as her focal point the various beaches where she spent a great deal of her time growing up. It is to these places that she has brought a crew of filmmakers to shoot her delivering extended monologues on her life and to restage - often in a cleverly amusing and surrealistic style - memories and events that have remained with her throughout the years. When she has actual photos and file footage from the past, she is quick to use them, but when she doesn't, she turns to present-day re-creations to fill in the gaps. But all is not limited to the beach, for she frequently heads inland to retrace the steps of her life, visiting key locations along the way.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Beaches Of Agnes
This item: The Beaches Of Agnes
Price: $29.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?