The history of French cinema is largely defined by the New Wave and at the heart of it all was the cinema of Agnes Varda. With a refreshingly experimental take on realism, Varda led the New Wave's Left Bank by establishing a unique relationship between photography and the cinematic art-form through various enigmatic documentaries and films.
The legendary pioneer went on to add that her goal had always been to formulate a framework for radical art. "When I was younger, people were inventing a new way of writing – James Joyce, Hemingway, Faulkner," she reflected. "And I thought we had to find a structure for cinema. I fought for a radical cinema, and I continued all my life."
Check out a list of the cinematic masterpieces that influenced Agnes Varda below.