On Wed, 3 Apr 1996, lynda goldstein wrote:
> There's a scene toward the end of Agnes Varda's _Vagabond_ in which Mona
> wanders into a village full of mud and shrub-clad men chasing inhabitants,
> soaking in mudbaths, and mauling passersby in mud-splattered glee. Just what
> going on here--some sort of village folk ritual of the mud season?
It's a medieval celebration that still goes on at the end of the grape
harvest in the region.  The dregs of the wine-pressings are filling the
bathtubs and the ritual supposedly honors the wine gods.  You'll find the
details and references in my _Creative Encounters with French Films_, Varda
chapter (Mellen Press 1993).
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