The So-called Caryatids (1984)

The So-called Caryatids (1984)
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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release year: 1984 ()
  • Running time: 12 min
  • Original Title: Les dites cariatides
  • Voted: 562

A documentary of the caryatids in Paris accompanied by the poetry of Baudelaire and the music of Offenbach.

1Agnès VardaLa récitante,voix
  • Neo-classical statues, Paris and Baudelaire - what more could you want? by 8

    Commissioned by French television, this is a short documentary on the neo-classical statues found throughout Paris, predominantly on the walls of buildings, holding up windows, roofs etc. (the title translates as 'the so-called Caryatides'). As one might expect from Varda, the film is strongly feminist, as she draws out wider symbolic and social implications from these images of women holding up huge weights, both then and now, but it is playfully so. The film becomes much sadder when she talks about Baudelaire, whose Paris these ladies grace; his poetry, success, notoriety; his subsequent physical decline, loss of voice and death. These statues are now so familiar that they are barely noticed, but in mapping the mental geography of a city, foreign viewers will be ravished by this Rameau-soundtracked exploration of a forgotten Paris.

  • Statues Inte by 8

    Statues what are they what do they do what do they want the more of course you get to know him this wonderful show documentary of the one for onions Trevor the one from Bristol sprout was born in all these great things of course we loved movie such a tease have a desk and you save but the wonderful painting like imagery of onions. I never showed documentary so we love it too much me a my fiance we go totally wild we have been kissing by the movie was on and it was too lovely what's the movie know it was this movie and all of this thing was closed one thing and then before we know it reset it so much does me all of how I love those short movies of onions for the end of course it is true the show movies of any yesterday's definitely the word to see and everything wow and it's beautiful and osmosis we love it. Harbor

1Cyril Lathuscinematographer
2Hélène Wolfeditor
3Bertrand Gauthierproducer
4Teri Wehn-Damischproducer
5Charles Baudelairewriter