Feeling Like Death

How La Pointe Courte (1955) and Le Bonheur (1965) Construct a Palpable Aesthetics of Mortality

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Caitlin Wilson Graduate, University of Oxford, UK

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Abstract

Agnès Varda's early narrative films are texturally rich meditations on love and mortality. Each film uses aesthetic strategies that lend a palpability to the heartbreak, grief, and loss explored therein. This article examines how Varda's use of hapticity makes the morbid enticing, luring the viewer closer to the films’ surface. I particularly examine how these films balance narrative storytelling alongside palpable images, investigating whether films are seen, felt, or both simultaneously.

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Caitlin Wilson holds a Master of Studies with Distinction in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford. She also holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include German and French cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, film and video art, and moving image exhibition practices. Her research and criticism can be read in the Melbourne Arts Journal, Senses of Cinema, and Flip Screen, among others. ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3059-4925

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