Cleo from 5 to 7
DIRECTOR: AGNèS VARDA
Introduced by artist and filmmaker Prune Nourry
One of Varda’s supreme works gives us two crucial hours—actually ninety minutes, though played as though in real time—in the life of a successful French pop singer of the yé-yé vintage, Corinne Marchard’s Cleo, as she waits to hear biopsy results from a doctor that may mean the end of not only her promising career, but also her life. Potentially glum subject matter is given a treatment that fairly crackles with vivacious cinematic energy, matched by a jazzy score courtesy Legrand, who appears rehearsing with Marchard in a lengthy and lovely sequence.
Michel Legrand: Without Half-Measure
Gregory Monro / 2018 / 53 mins / DCP
A New Wave fellow traveler, a jazz modernist who played and rubbed shoulders with the greats of the artform at midcentury, an in-demand composer during the creative crest of New Hollywood—the various strands of Michel Legrand’s life are drawn together in Monro’s new documentary portrait, which not only allows Legrand to speak for himself, but allows for new testimonials from the likes of Damien Chazelle, Bertrand Tavernier, and Xavier Beauvois, as well as, via the archive, a number of since-departed collaborators.
Special thanks to Unifrance