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AGNÈS VARDA

IN THE SPRING OF 2017, I accompanied two friends on a visit to Agnès Varda’s home on the rue Daguerre, in Paris, where she lived from the early 1950s until her death on March 29 at age ninety. In 1954, Varda mounted her first photography exhibition in the narrow, light-filled courtyard that bisects this house on a street named for the pioneering nineteenth-century French photographer. You may have seen the space in one of her documentaries: Varda seated on a plant-lined stone stairway with a cat nearby, talking to the camera, drawing us into her cinematic world. The house was filled with images and objects gleaned from her personal and professional life. She had lived here with her children, Rosalie and Mathieu, and her filmmaker husband, Jacques Demy, who died in 1990. The offices of Ciné-Tamaris, the company through which she produced all her films—from the first, La Pointe

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