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Google celebrate Agnès Varda : The Female Trailblazer of the French New Wave

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Yesterday Google celebrate Agnès Varda the legacy of the Female Trailblazer of the French film director and screenwriter Agnès Varda. The European Film Academy presented her with an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on this day in 2014.

The doodle shows younger and older versions of The Female Trailblazer of the French director Varda’s holding different kinds of cameras, as if capturing the essence of one another, forming the two letters O in the famed logo.

Born May 30, 1928, in Brussels, Varda moved to France with her family at the age of 12. She later studied art history and photography, which led her to a career taking photos for magazines and the Théâtre National Populaire.

Google celebrate Agnès Varda, It was Varda’s experience with photography that inspired her venture into cinema. Her first film, La Pointe Courte, which offers a fictional narrative with documentary-style scenes, was released in 1955. It was her freedom from industry standards that allowed her to help establish the French New Wave, a movement characterized by experimentation and the ultimate rejection of traditional filmmaking. A trailblazer and self-described feminist, Varda was the only woman in the movement.

Google celebrate Agnès Varda, Throughout her career, Varda directed more than 40 short, feature, and documentary films. Among the most notable are Cleo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, and The Gleaners and I. Throughout her work, she featured many female-driven narratives, including women’s right to choose in the 1977 film L’Une chante, l’autre pas.

These efforts extended beyond the screen, as she signed the Manifesto of the 343, which publicly acknowledged that those who had signed had previously had abortions, and pushed legalization among governing bodies.

Varda continued experimenting with new formats throughout her life, expanding to include worldwide video and immersive art installations in 2003.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Lumières Award and an Oscar nomination for Visages Villages (Faces Places), a César Award for Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnés), a Golden Lion for Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond), and an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in cinema.

Varda died from cancer March 29, 2019, in Paris, at age 90, leaving behind two children, daughter Rosalie Varda and son Mathieu Demy.

Previous Google doodles have paid homage to such prolific artists as Rosa Bonheur, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Pacita Abad. They have also marked notable dates, events, and holidays.

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