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Directed by Agnès Varda

France, United States 1981 85 mins. In French, English with English subtitles

One of Varda’s most charming films in a career built on such work, Mur Murs is one of a handful that provide her perspective on the United States—in this case, the vernacular murals of the Los Angeles region. Traveling from the east side to the beach and everywhere in between, our faithful guide introduces us to the self-taught artists who populate LA’s outdoor walls with beautiful, honest portrayals of their communities. And while Varda’s portraits make up the bulk of this exceptional film, she inserts wry commentary at every opportunity, making the film uniquely hers—as she did her entire career.

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