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The Essay Film

by Kate Fortmueller

In documentary filmmaking the essay film is a type of film that incorporates the filmmaker's voice and is often prone to digressions. In this sequence, Varda talks about filmmaking and gleaning and explores her life and travels as a form of gleaning. What are some of the key objects she has collected? What can you learn about her life from the images (think about what she is showing you, not just what she is telling you)?

The Gleaners and I (2000) - Gleaning Souvenirs

In this sequence Varda talks about her personal gleaning.

from The Gleaners and I (2000)
Creator: Agnes Varda
Posted by Kate Fortmueller