Agnès Varda on Photographing and Remembering the Dead

There's a very moving scene in The Beaches of Agnès when the film's director, Agnès Varda, stages an exhibition of photographs she took early in her career. Before she ever picked up a movie camera, Varda was a gifted photographer who captured images of many French artists, actors, and directors. More than anything, these people were her friends. In the documentary, she talks about the pain of losing friends over the years and the most devastating loss of all--the death of her husband, Jacques Demy.

Later, Varda discusses her need to film Jacques before he died.

After Jacques Demy's death in 1990, Varda filmed other widows talking about the loss of their husbands.

One of the last scenes of the film shows Varda gazing at a picture of Jacques.