Cinema: . . . And Hers

Moviegoers who have seen Jacques Demy's The Model Shop may also be curious about a picture by his wife, who is a director too. She is known professionally as Agnès Varda, and at first glance her work and her husband's seem totally different. While he conjures up pastel never-never lands, she broods over such weighty matters as morality, predestination and the nature of reality. But husband and wife do have in com-BOULAT mon two uncommon traits: the ability to reduce everything to playground platitudes and a stylistic pomposity that serves only to accent...

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