Elsa la rose

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Elsa la rose
Directed by Agnès Varda
Written byAgnès Varda
Starring Louis Aragon
Elsa Triolet
Michel Piccoli
CinematographyWilly Kurant
William Lubtchansky
Music by Simonovitch
Distributed by Ciné-Tamaris
Release date
  • October 23, 1966 (1966-10-23)(France)
Running time
16 minutes

Elsa la rose is a 1965 short documentary film by Agnès Varda about the love between Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon. [1]



The documentary films the two writers, telling their story and their memories, from Elsa Triolet's youth to when she met with Louis Aragon, [2] whilst an voice (Michel Piccoli) reads Aragon's poems about Elsa. [3]



The film was shot in Elsa and Louis' home in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines and in the Bar du dôme at Montparnasse during June 1965. [4]


The film is shot during the year 1965, but was only first seen on television on 23 Octobre 1966 during a show called “Dim Dam Dom” on ORTF second channel. [4]

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  4. 1 2 Card of the movie on the official website of Ciné Tamaris