The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

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zedz
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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#51 Post by zedz » Mon May 11, 2020 9:03 pm

Saturnome wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:38 pm
I'm intrigued by "Rare footage from unfinished features and commercials". I only know of one unfinished feature by her?
Tout(e) Varda included footage for the 1966 Christmas Carol, starring a very young Gerard Depardieu (it seems that Varda discovered him - he also appears in Nausicaa), and a couple of ads, as I recall (one for Tupperware).

As I recall, there's also material from an earlier feature (pre-Cleo), but I don't think any actual footage was shot for that.

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#52 Post by RitrovataBlue » Mon May 11, 2020 11:07 pm

Grand Wazoo wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:50 pm
Does most/all color HD restorations of her films have the piss color grading? Looking at reviews from different companies (Criterion Vagabond & One Sings, Cinelicious Jane B. Par Agnès V. /Kung Fu Master set) It seems to be liberally applied. Part of me is considering keeping the Tout(e) Varda box if this is the case.
The AE One Sings... release features the same unfortunate color timing as the Criterion. That said, it’s less egregious than what has been done to much of Fassbinder’s work on Blu. It’s unfortunate that the twilight of physical media happens to coincide with the garish color timing restoration trend. Hopefully, these films will be restored and released again by someone, someday. In the mean time, I’m just happy that we’ll have all of Varda’s work in one box, even if it isn’t entirely optimal.

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#53 Post by criterionoop » Mon May 11, 2020 11:16 pm

Question: Varda approved the restorations for her films and for Demy’s films, and I believe did the color grading, correct? Or at least ONE SINGS says that she did the grading, which I assume she did for all her films since Cine Tamaris restored all the films.

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#54 Post by tenia » Tue May 12, 2020 3:01 am

Many many restorations (in general) have been approved by someone from the movie team, yet bear a color signature much more consistent with the laboratory's habit than the DoP, director or whatever.

This has been especially the case with Ritrovata (yellow), Eclair (cold blue) and Digimages (yellow) when they're given not only the scan and restoration to perform but also the grading. There are also that crazy person at Fox who turned their color movies all blue (Wild River, Desk Set, etc) and Paramount have a certain recognizable way to want their movies graded. When you can tell where the movie was restored before anything else, that's telling, and it's sadly the case with many of those movies (probably hundreds now).

I still have no idea about what those reference people are approving exactly and when they are called in during the color grading workflow.

EDIT : I found some restoration cards from the AE set, which are likely to be the restorations used by Criterion (a given for One Sings) :
Jacquot de Nantes : 4K scan/2K restoration, Digimages, 2013, OCN, grading supervised by Varda
Sans toit ni loi : 2K, Eclair, 2014, OCN, grading supervised by Varda & Patrick Blossier
L'une chante l'autre pas : 2K, Eclair, 2014, OCN, grading supervised by Varda & DP Charlie Van Damme
Le bonheur : 2K, Eclair, 2014, OCN, grading supervised by Varda
Cléo de 5 à 7 : 2K, Digimages, 2012, OCN, grading supervised by Varda

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#55 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 12, 2020 11:44 am

I thought I may have posted this here, but I attended several films at Lincoln Center's Varda retrospective this winter - all of them were from the restorations used for this set, and while one (maybe two?) films did have that unfortunate color grading that's become too familiar, the others looked perfectly fine. Since the opening cards indicated when and where the restorations were done, it's possible that info may offer a clue for the change.

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#56 Post by Saturnome » Tue May 12, 2020 2:49 pm

zedz wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 9:03 pm
Saturnome wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:38 pm
I'm intrigued by "Rare footage from unfinished features and commercials". I only know of one unfinished feature by her?
Tout(e) Varda included footage for the 1966 Christmas Carol, starring a very young Gerard Depardieu (it seems that Varda discovered him - he also appears in Nausicaa), and a couple of ads, as I recall (one for Tupperware)
That's the one! Her other unfinished projects never went to the shooting stage, but I may be wrong. And yes, if I remember right, Depardieu simply used to babysit her children!

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#57 Post by furbicide » Tue May 12, 2020 8:42 pm

I'm absolutely kicking myself for dropping $70-odd dollars on the "Varda in California" Eclipse set just a week ago! This set looks amazing, and I'm particularly enraptured with the special features (an area in which the Bergman set, for instance, disappointed).

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Re: The Complete Films of Agnès Varda

#58 Post by dwk » Fri May 22, 2020 9:54 pm

A poster over at the Blu-ray.com forum said that emailed Criterion to ask if this is going to be region free and they told him yes.

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