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BFI Film Classics

Cleo de 5 a 7

Authors: Ungar, Steven

  • Study of a classic of French New Wave cinema
  • Explores the film's historical importance
  • Will appeal to fans and students of French cinema and French studies
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Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, ninety
minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of
medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose
visual beauty matches its evocation of early-Fifth Republic Paris, was a major
point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda never
considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du cinéma group of critics-turned-
film-makers.
Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political
and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda's early career as a student of art history
and as a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy
Algerian war to which Cléo's health concerns and ambitions to become a pop
singer make her more or less oblivious. His study is the first to set a reading of
Cléo's formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a
visual document of its historical moment.

About the authors

STEVEN UNGAR is Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA and the author of a number of books, including Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (co-author with Dudley Andrew), Harvard UP 2005.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cleo de 5 a 7
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-176-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
96
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