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Three short films touching on the art and emotional resonance of photography from director Agnès Varda are collected in this compilation feature. Cinévardaphoto features one new film, Ydessa, the Bears and Etc..., a profile of Ydessa Hendeles, a Canadian photo collector who has curated exhibitions from her large archive of snapshots of people with their teddy bears, which she believes reveal a great deal about the times and circumstances of their creation. Two earlier Varda shorts also appear: Ulysse offers a close examination of a photo taken by Varda in Egypt in 1954, while Salut les Cubains… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although Cinevardaphoto is hardly a major work, it does represent the latest (and earlier) chapters in the career of a fascinating filmmaker."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A masterful collection of cinematic essays, Agnes Varda's triptych of short films takes its audience from elation to despair and back again."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Interesting, charming and diverting, but nothing overwhelming uncovered."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Overall, Cinevardaphoto is a mixed effort, but it's nice to hear from Varda, still vibrant in her 70s."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This wonderful compendium of three cinema essays on photography, culled from various stages in Varda's long career, are a welcome introduction to yet another facet of an artist who continues to beguile well into her seventies."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"All three films focus on Ms. Varda's interest in the affinity of photography -- her first profession and obsession -- to her subsequent cinematic career, and all three films take unexpected twists and turns, both aesthetic and political."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The unutterably charming Cinévardaphoto brings together three short works by the filmmaker Agnès Varda, one shot in digital video, the others on celluloid."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Three sterling examples of the short films of Agnès Varda, goddess of the New Wave and also one of the great directors of the 21st century."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Everything is in Varda's perspicacious photos."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Made by one of France's finest directors."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Varda herself has never stopped wandering."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Two documentaries too many."
‑ Russell Scott Smith, New York Post
"... more film essays than traditional documentaries and connected by the theme of photography and Varda's cinematic exploration of the art and meaning of the still image."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Those who loved Varda's quirky approach to recycling in the much-praised Gleaners may be even more pleased with Cinévardaphoto."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Varda remains a passionate gleaner of history."
‑ Akiva Gottlieb, Slant Magazine
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