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Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961)

Original Title : Cléo de 5 à 7
Director : Agnès Varda
Writer : Agnès Varda
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Georges de Beauregard
Music : Michel Legrand
Photography : Jean Rabier
IMDB ID : 0055852
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Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961) - Agnès Varda
 

Starring

Corinne Marchand Florence, 'Cléo'
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine
Dominique Davray Angèle
Dorothée Blank Dorothée
Michel Legrand Bob, the Pianist
José Luis de Villalonga The Lover
Loye Payen Irma, la cartomancienne
Renée Duchateau La conductrice du taxi (as Lucienne Lemarchand
Serge Korber Plumitif (the lyricist
Robert Postee Le docteur Valineau
Lucienne Marchand) 
Jean-Claude Brialy L'infirmier (uncredited
Raymond Cauchetier Raoul, le projectionniste (uncredited
Jean Champion Le patron du café (uncredited
Eddie Constantine L'arroseur (uncredited
Georges de Beauregard Le conducteur du corbillard et de l'ambulance (uncredited
Danièle Delorme La vendeuse de fleurs (uncredited
Sami Frey Le croque-mort (uncredited
Jean-Luc Godard L'homme aux lunettes noires/Actor in silent film (uncredited
Anna Karina La jeune fille blonde/Actress in silent film (uncredited
Yves Robert Le vendeur de cravates (uncredited
Alan Scott Le marin (uncredited
Jean-Pierre Taste Le garçon de café (uncredited
 

Plot

An hour and a half (despite the title) of the life of a singer who learns she is merely being put on display. She visits a fortune teller who predicts stomach cancer (though after she has left), which is what she is afraid she might be dying of. In this period she meets with her boyfriend in a room full of cats and swings, then her composers in the same place. After deciding to work against the capriciousness the composers pigeonhole her with, she puts on a black dress, takes off her wig, and tries to see things from a different perspective, learning much from her friend Dorothée, who poses nude for sculptors, and a passing soldier named Antoine.
 

Comments

fine looking Agnes Varda's semi-important new wave influenced film follows 2 agonizing hours in the life of a Parisian singer as she goes around Paris awaiting cancer test results. Corrine Marchand is excellent as Cleo, a woman who idolizes her looks, as do others, but throughout the hours slowly decides that her life will change dramatically.The final 20 minutes with the soldier going off to war are brilliant and the camera fluidity is breathtaking.