TAKE TEN | Cléo from 5 to 7

All you need to know about Agnes Varda’s 1960s classic.


Name Cléo de 5 à 7.

Birthdate/vintage 1962.

That scene Cléo rehearses her song “Sans toi”’ and loses herself lyrics that first sound platitudinous, then heartbreaking.

Did you see? Jean-Luc Godard in the silent film watched by Cléo.

Don’t watch it with Hypochondriacs.

Listen back to Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Sans toi”.

Champion The Times’s film critic Kate Muir named it one of her favourite films.

Antagonist Bosley Crowther of the New York Times, who, in 1962, wrote: “Another French film that fairly glitters with photographic and cinematic ‘style’, yet fails to do more than skim the surface of a cryptic dramatic theme.”

Not to be confused with Carry On Cleo (1964).

Pair with Black coffee.


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