Six shorts from the mid-70s up through the early aughts, capturing Varda at her unpredictable and charming best. This program features Women Reply: Our Bodies, Our Sex, The Pleasure of Love in Iran, So-Called Caryatids, 7p., cuis., s. de b., … à saisir, You’ve Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know, and Lion Vanishing:
Women Reply: Our Bodies, Our Sex (Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe), 1975, 8 mins., France — A staunch feminist statement about bodily control, made for French television alongside several other women directors.
The Pleasure of Love in Iran (Plaisir d’amour en Iran), 1976, 6 mins., France — Featuring the cast from her feature One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977) and riffing partly on that film, here Varda tracks the tourism of a young couple on vacation in Iran who visit a beautiful mosque.
The So-Called Caryatids (Les dites cariatides), 1984, 12 mins., France — A lilting meditation on the female figure in architecture, representations of which Varda trains her ever-perceptive eye upon.
7p., cuis., s. de b., … à saisir, 1984, 28 mins., France — The empty rooms of a vacant apartment form the basis for Varda’s exploration of one family over many generations—a beautiful evocation of personal and collective history.
You’ve Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know (T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais), 1986, 3 mins., France — Varda’s tribute to the Cinémathèque Française via its ornate and storied front steps—a perfectly Vardian approach to a vaunted institution.
Lion Vanishing (Le lion volatil), 2003, 12 mins., France — Revolving around Paris’s Lion of Belfort statue, this quirky early-cinema-style romance charts the courtship of a fortune teller and a security guard.