Impress your Valentine with some 60s romance

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Impress Your Valentine With One of Cinema’s Greatest Romances

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Northwest Film Forum’s 69 series celebrates one of cinema’s greatest couples! These films were made by two great French filmmakers who were married for 28 years. Both offspring of the French New Wave, directors Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy achieved their first successes with films released in 1961- Demy with Lola and Varda with Cleo From 5 To 9. The two were married the following year.

We are pleased to present a pair of feature films made individually and simultaneously by the couple at the end of that decade while in Los Angeles. Released in 1969, Demy’s Model Shop and Varda’s Lion’s Love are both unique takes on relationships, counter culture, and and the banality of LA. Both are alternately exquisite and flawed, and both are most definitely worth seeing on 35mm in the cinema.

Model Shop
February 13-19 at 6:30pm

The first and only Hollywood movie from French director Jacques Demy is a poetic tale of human disarray, transient happiness and love lost. A semi-sequel to Lola, which also stars Anouk Amiée, Model Shop focuses on a directionless young architect who quits his job and bums off his friends. But the film’s star is the city of Los Angeles, whose boulevards, parking lots and supermarkets Demy photographs with the same blend of wonder and authenticity that characterizes his French films.

Lions Love
February 13-19 at 8:30pm

While her husband Jacques Demy was shooting Model Shop, director Agnes Varda took a very different cinematic approach in capturing the banal beauty of Los Angeles. Lion’s Love is an imaginative, cinema verité-like fiction film starring Gerome Ragnai, James Rado (the composers of Hair) and Warhol superstar Viva as a ménage-à-trois looking for a future in LA. Filmmaker Shirley Clarke (The Cool World) plays a fictionalized version of herself attempting to get studio financing for a film project.

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