Sunday, February 26, 2006

Tribute to Shirley Clark

Lion's Love: Varda Responds to Warhol

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with SF Camerawork, the French Consulate of SF, and the MadCat Women’s International Film Festival.

A ìmeta-Warhol movie according to Vincent Canby, Lion’s Love (1969) is the fruit of Agnès Varda’s foray into 1960s US pop and avant-garde culture. While Viva (of Warhol fame), Rado, and Ragni (both of Hair) are a ménage à trois looking for a future in LA, Shirley Clarke, played somewhat unwillingly by Shirley Clarke, attempts to leave behind her experimental work in New York (see The Connection above) for a Hollywood career, and Bobby Kennedy is assassinated on television. Varda takes on a few Warhol tropes, but Clarke’s uneasy presence and Varda’s whimsy shift the tone. The film is playful and witty, spicing up its fascination with a bit of cynicism in this tribute to a ’60s American way of life. (Irina Leimbacher)