Agnes Varda: Mur murs (1981), Documenteur (1981) DVD9
Documenteur, Agnes Varda’s companion piece and follow-up to her documentary Mur murs, shares with it a filming location and a similarly punning title (a menteur is a liar, in French). But the similarities end there: while Mur murs is a more or less straightforward film that purports to document the murals, the artists who created them, and the effect the pictures have on the neighborhoods surrounding them, Documenteur, which includes shots of some of those same murals and has scenes set in those same neighborhoods, is, by its own admission, "an emotion picture". Neither pure fictional feature film nor documentary, it’s perhaps best described as a documentary with a fictionalized main character.
Both films were made during Varda’s second sojourn to L.A. from 1979 to 1981. This time, Varda was separated from Jacques Demy, filming Mur murs for French television, and trying in vain to put together financing for an ultimately abandoned film called Maria and the Naked Man. She was charmed by L.A. with its glittering facades and population of dreamers, but felt isolated by its sprawling highway system that encouraged segregation and discouraged community. Feeling adrift and alone after the completion of Mur murs, Varda picked up her camera and, in a sense, turned it on herself to make Documenteur.

DVD9 | PAL | 01:17:54 + 01:01:42 | 7.61 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, English-Francais
Subtitles: English, Francais
Genre: Drama, Documentary

Director: Agnes Varda
Cast: Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Lisa Blok-Linson, Tina Odom, Gary Feldman
Country: France, USA

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