Agnès Varda and the New Wave

Our Cinema Europe podcast is back with new episodes. This time it’s off to France: The French New Wave film movement, like cinema in general, has often been considered to be a more masculine industry. But we cannot speak about the Nouvelle Vague without mentioning Agnès Varda, a filmmaker who was a crucial element to the movement, but who doesn’t get talked about enough. In fact, she has sometimes even been “just plain forgotten” (Dargis).
In the podcast, Aine Dougherty discusses Varda’s influence on the French Nouvelle Vague. She introduces you to Varda’s work, her commitment to feminism and her most popular film: “Cléo de 5 à 7”
Tune in Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. on 104.8 FM and stream

Bibliography and Shownotes


  • Godard, Jean-Luc. Breathless = À bout de souffle. Paris: Imperial Films, 1960.
  • Varda, Agnès. Cléo de 5 à 7 = Cléo from 5 to 7. Paris: Ciné-Tamaris. 1962.
  • Varda, Agnès. Happiness = Le bonheur. France: Columbia Pictures. 1965.
  • Varda, Agnès. La Pointe Courte. France: 1955.
  • Varda, Agnès. Vagabond = Sans toit ni loi. The Criterion Collection. 1985.