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 Une minute pour une image

Une minute pour une image

A Short film by Agnès Varda

Produced by Garance Films

Production year : 1983

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Executive Producer :

Garance Films

French distribution :

France 3


Images grouped together in fourteen "imaginary albums" of between fifteen and twenty minutes' duration, comprising between ten and fifteen photographs selected by Agnès Varda, Robert Doisneau, Christian Caujolle, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Samia Saouma, Marc Garanger, Nadja Ringart, Jean-Michel Folon, Jacques Monory, Sarah Moon, Georges Fèvre, Robert Delpire, and Claude Nori. A total of one hundred and seventy programs, each of around 1'30" running time were produced. Agnès Varda provided the narration for fourteen of these programs.

The voice-over was provided by an anonymous voice for each of the photographs. It is only at the end of the program that viewers discovered the names of the photographers (famous or anonymous) and the narrators, who included a street sweeper, Marguerite Duras, a child, Yves Montand, Delphine Seyrig, Yves Saint Laurent, a baker, and so forth.


A program directed by Agnès Varda, produced with assistance from the Centre National de la Photographie.

Every day throughout the year of 1982, the French daily newspaper Libération published a photograph that had been broadcast the previous evening on television, along with extracts from the program’s voiceover. This series, structured as short films presented as "imaginary albums" was screened on the French television channel La Sept between November 5 and December 7, 1990.

Une minute pour une image (One Minute for One Image) consisted of one minute of narration about a photograph. When I was shooting Ulysse, I had observed how very different people’s interpretations of a photograph can be. This gave me the idea for a series, and Delpire, from the CNP, supported me with this project, as did the television channel FR3. For this series, we presented a photograph on television each day at the same time, for around ten or fifteen seconds without comment, without giving any information about who the photographer was, where the photograph was taken, or what it represented. Then I asked someone—whose identity was not revealed—to speak about the photograph for one minute. Then we showed the photograph again, and viewers thought to themselves, "I would not have said that," or "I would have said something else," and it was only at the end that we revealed the identity of the photographer and the narrator. Each individual brings his own vision, and each television viewer corrected their interpretation, or had a bit of fun thinking of something completely different. I provided the commentary for fourteen of the one hundred and seventy installments of the series. Agnès Varda.

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Short film

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100% French

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2 min

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Super 35

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