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Cleo’s Countdown

September 29, 2012

You already know I can’t resist French New Wave (remember my post about Breathless?), so writing a post about Anges Varda’s 1962 film, Cleo From 5 to 7, is really a no-brainer.  Somehow this classic, starring the beautiful French actress Corinne Marchand, slipped past me until recently, but I’m so glad I finally discovered it!  Stylistically, the film has all the signature characteristics of its genre: choppy, abstracted editing, artfully composed cinematography, and ambiguous narration.  Its somewhat existential storyline is also one quite popular within French New Wave cinema.

While the plot, which follows (in real time) the 90 minutes the title character waits for the results of a medical test, delivers a sincere and significant message, the sheer visual pleasure of the movie alone makes it worthwhile!  Although Marchand doesn’t have too many wardrobe changes, her swingy dresses, avant garde hats, and frothy, maribou-trimmed negligee and robe have become iconic pieces.  Teaser: a scene where she tries on hats is a sixties-fashion-lover’s dream come true!

Below I’ve included the film’s trailer, images from few of its frames, and some amazing vintage posters I found while hunting for stills!  And here’s a tip:  vintage movie posters make great, affordable art!  Films from the sixties always seem to have some of the best graphic design, too!  Hope you like! 🙂










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