Ô saisons ô châteaux
France • 21m
Directed by Agnès Varda • Documentary • With Danièle Delorme • 1956 • 21 minutes
This early Agnès Varda short looks at the castles of the Loire Valley — and the unusual histories and personalities behind them. Punctuated by first-person accounts, excerpts from well-known poems, and stylish re-creations, the film juxtaposes stunning images of the castles and their unique architecture with the lives of those who work and live on the grounds and nearby.
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