Introduction to Varda and Sontag (04:15)
Jack Kroll interviews Susan Sontag and Agnes Varda who each premiered a film at the 7th annual New York Film Festival. "Duet for Cannibals" is Sontag's first film. Varda took offense that James Macandrew thought "Lion's Love" was interested in the grotesque.
"Lion's Love" (02:23)
Watch a clip of the film. Varda feels calling the characters grotesque is a racist position.
Underground Film (02:54)
Sontag feels that "Lion's Love" is the first film she has seen in a while where the people are real. In an average Hollywood movie, there are no regular people. Varda expresses how people do not talk the same way in real life and in the movies.
Sontag's Movie (03:20)
Sontag expresses that although Bauer is a political leader in the film, an audience member can also infer that he and his wife are actors, portraying a part. The other couple in the film is realistic. In Varda's film, the characters portray roles all the time.
"Duet for Cannibals" (02:45)
Watch a clip from Sontag's film. Four characters come together to share a meal.
Politics and Vice (03:01)
Sontag explains that the crux of the story concerns the relationships between the two couples. The younger couple admires Bauer's ideology, and resist thinking about him as a person because they wish to continue appreciating him.
Character Authenticity (04:51)
Varda shows that these outwardly strange people are not as "freaky" as suspected when they react to real world events. Because television exists, people cannot hide from the world as they once did. As a drama critic, Sontag wrote that she appreciated the authenticity of Taylor Mead and Tiny Tim.
Theme of Apocalypse (03:08)
Kroll, Sontag, and Varda discuss why most films at the New York Film Festival concern a fear of impending doom. Sontag describes how pessimistic 16 and 17-year-olds are. Macandrew summarizes the episode.
Credits: Susan Sontag and Agnes Varda Discuss Their Work (00:34)
Credits: Susan Sontag and Agnes Varda Discuss Their Work
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