Lions Love
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Agnes Varda directed this drama which combines formal dramatic structures with the openness of improvisational cinema verite. Independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke plays an avant-garde film director attempting to work with a major studio to finance her next project, in which she hopes to collaborate with James Rado and Jerome Ragni, creators of the musical Hair (who play themselves). She also wants to use Andy Warhol superstar Viva (who also appears as herself) as her leading lady. However, after much give and take between herself and the moneymen, the director learns that the plug has been… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is a pleasant, sometimes humorous blend of style and technique that ultimately is unsuccessful."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Varda's use of the camera and natural light is fresh and original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film is... so packed to bursting with loopy, quotable lines, you may have trouble deciding which is your favorite."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A film bedevilled by its intellectualism."
‑ , Time Out
"Varda's film teeters on the edge of total absurdity, running roughshod over cinematic conventions of all kinds while retaining a lucid outsider's perspective on its milieu."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"There is so much that is so pleasant in Lions Love that I wish Miss Varda hadn't tried to give it a larger significance."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The Design for Living hippiness saunters on, cramming in zeitgeist, Le Bonheur triangulation, and whoever happened to be on the set"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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