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(aka 'Without Roof or Rule ' or 'Vagabond')


directed by Agnes Varda
USA 1985


Sandrine Bonnaire won a César award for her portrayal of Mona, a defiant young drifter who is found frozen in a ditch. Using a largely non-professional cast, famed New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda recollects Mona’s story through the flashbacks of those who encountered her, producing the splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. Told in sparsely poetic images set against the frozen landscape of mid-winter Nîmes, this is Varda’s masterpiece.


Theatrical Release: December 4th, 1985 - France

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 74 - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:45:32
Video 1.58:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.58:1

Edition Details:

• 6 page liner notes

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2000

Keep Case
Chapters: 18





This is a lower tier priced Criterion, and it shows. The image in non-anamorphic and has no extras save some short liner notes. The image is still excellent with detail and good contrast. The subtitle font is slightly larger than usual, but they are well done as usual. I have the aspect ratio at 1.58 not 1.66. The disc has no extras and is single layered. The film is worthy of any collection, and this transfer is better than you will find most anywhere else - a shame there were no extras. out of     

Gary W. Tooze


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