Lions Love (…and Lies)
Dir. Agnès Varda. 1969, 110 mins. DCP. With Viva, Gerome Ragni, James Rado, Shirley Clarke, Carlos Clarens, Eddie Constantine. Agnès Varda brings New York counterculture to Los Angeles. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman and two men—Viva, of Warhol Factory fame, and James Rado, and Gerome Ragni, who created and starred in the rock musical Hair—delight in one another’s bodies while musing on love, stardom, and politics. They are soon joined by underground director Shirley Clarke, playing herself and channeling Varda, who is testing the bounds of both form and decorum with typical gusto.