Agnes Varda Quotes
I don't want to become a serious, annoying sociologist. I try to regard sociology as a part of everyday life.
I didn't have a career; I made films. It's very different.
Like everybody, I wanted to meet Andy Warhol. I was impressed by his work and how daring he was. I think he changed the cinema completely, simply by opening his camera and letting it go.
When I was younger, people were inventing a new way of writing - James Joyce, Hemingway, Faulkner. And I thought we had to find a structure for cinema. I fought for a radical cinema, and I continued all my life.
I am a woman. I think I have the spirit, the intelligence, and - dare I say - the soul of a woman.
I'm curious. Period. I find everything interesting. Real life. Fake life. Objects. Flowers. Cats. But mostly people. If you keep your eyes open and your mind open, everything can be interesting.
I'm not interested in seeing a film just made by a woman - not unless she is looking for new images.
My parents named me Arlette, and I changed it to Agnes when I was young. I didn't like it because I don't like names with 'ette' - you know, it looks like a little girl's name.
I saw 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs' when it came out, didn't like it too much. I found she was stupid.
Aging for me is not a condition but a subject.
My mind is often half-sleeping, like in a daydream.
When artists die early, they become idols even more.
I wasn't attracted to American cinema, but I fell in love with Los Angeles the minute I arrived.
Aging is interesting, you know? I really love it.
My father was Greek, but he turned French during the war, and my mother was French. So I'm French, but I have Greek blood.
I am small. I was always small. But only physically.
I think I was a feminist before being born. I had a feminist chromosome somewhere.
I didn't see myself as a woman doing film but as a radical film-maker who was a woman.
I was not raised with films. And when Alain Resnais did the editing on my first film, he said, 'You should go to the Cinematheque.' I didn't even know we had one in Paris.
Maybe something that amuses the Americans is that they are so worried about age, and I'm not at all.
I make documentaries from time to time to remind myself of reality. It's like musicians doing scales to keep their fingers working: when you're in the street, listening to people, you're forced to be in the service of your subject.
I had flops, I had success.
When I love somebody, I cannot drop it out of my life. Love is not something like you open and you close, you know?
I enjoy the time passing. I think it's a privilege to be in friendship with time.
Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.
I wore black until I was twenty-five, like many young people. Everybody did. It was crazy! But now, getting older, I think color does me good.
Sometimes I do things that are not really the right way because I'm daring, in a way.
I've always loved polka dots. Ah, oui. It is a joyful shape, the polka dot. It is alive.