Jane Birkin discussed her performance in Agnès Varda's 'Jane B. Par Agnès V.' in her dual retrospective with daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane and Charlotte Forever,' at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
“It’s as if I was going to film your self-portrait,” explains godmother of the nouvelle vague Agnès Varda to Jane Birkin in this extraordinarily complex, kaleidoscopic consideration of the actress as a woman, wife, mother, muse, and icon. Varda intercuts footage of the “real” Birkin—lounging at home in a T-shirt, stripped of makeup, and discussing her desire to be filmed “as if I were transparent, anonymous, like everyone else”—with the Birkin of her (and our) fantasies, casting the actress in everything from re-creations of Renaissance portraiture to a heist thriller to a black-and-white Laurel & Hardy–esque short. The result is a thrillingly discursive reflection not only on the fascinating, multifaceted Birkin but on the sacred collaboration between actor and director. A Cinelicious Pics release.
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