Jane B. Par Agnès V. / Kung-Fu Master! (Cinelicious Pics) (Blu-Ray)


Jane Birkin double feature with Jane B. Par Agnès V. and Kung-Fu Master! from Cinelicious Pics

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JANE B. PAR AGNES V.: I’ll look at you, but not at the camera. It
could be a trap, whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda’s ear at
the start of JANE B. PAR AGNES V. The director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and
VAGABOND once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a
marvelously Expressionistic way. It’s like an imaginary bio-pic, says
Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer (Je t’aime … Moi non
plus), actress (BLOW UP), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and
longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS
V. abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a
freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences.

In each, Jane inhabits a new character, playing a cat & mouse game
with Varda as they explore the role of the Muse and the Artist, all
the while showcasing the multifaceted nature of Birkin’s talent. I’d
like to be filmed as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone
else, says Birkin. But her wish to be a famous nobody is impossible to
achieve; Birkin is simply too magnificent, too mesmerizing. Here,
Varda’s signature mix of aesthetic innovation and generosity of
emotion results in a surreal and captivating essay on Art, Fame, Love,
Children and Staircases. For its first-ever U.S. theatrical release
the film has been newly-restored from the original 35mm camera
negative, overseen by director Varda herself.

KUNG FU MASTER: A lovely, bittersweet companion to JANE B. PAR AGNÈS
V. from director Agnes Varda and star/muse Jane Birkin, KUNG-FU MASTER
has nothing to do with martial arts — the film’s title comes from an
arcade video game played obsessively in the film by a teenaged boy,
Julien. Birkin delivers one of her finest performances as a lonely
40-year old woman who finds herself shattering taboos by falling in
love with the 14-year old Julien — but is it romance, or a desperate
attempt to turn back time in the face of middle age?

KUNG-FU MASTER is truly a family affair: Varda’s son with the late
director Jacques Demy, Mathieu Demy, plays Julien — and Birkin
appears here with her two real-life daughters: Charlotte Gainsbourg
(from Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA) and Lou Doillon, her child with
well-known filmmaker Jacques Doillon. Briefly released in the late
1980s in the U.S. and long unavailable here, KUNG-FU MASTER has been
beautifully restored from the original 35mm camera negative. It’s a
film in which all the younger actors are the children of the director
and lead actress says Varda. It was like a picnic, you know?

In French with English Subtitles Color Widescreen 1.85:1 DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono

Bonus Features:

New Interviews with director Agnès Varda
New essay by Sandy Flitterman-Lewis
New interview with Agnès Varda by Miranda July

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Weight 5 oz