Il faudrait raser la Sorbonne, et mettre Marker à la place.Henri Michaux*
All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.Michel de Montaigne
Je pense à un monde ou chaque mémoire pourrait créer sa propre légende.Chris. Marker
About the Site
Chrismarker.org is an randomly-compiled, taxonomically naive and hopefully useful archive of ruminations, bibliographic & filmographic notations, untimely meditations, mnemonic minutiae and other glosses on the cinematic, written, photographic and multimedia work of world-citizen & time-traveler Chris Marker – the “mercurial international man of semiotic mystery.”* (Or, as the endnotes to Abschied vom Kino puts it, Chris Marker is: “Author, activist, filmmaker, photographer, Internaut, critic, media artist, poet, journalist.” We might add: friend to animals). In the end, the title he settled on was simply “bricoleur.”
For me, Marker’s biography, taking the cue from Montaigne, is in his work. It is also obscured by his playful misdirections, his use of pseudonyms, his anonymous work (esp. film commentaries and editing for other films) and his well-known avoidance of interviews (and, in general, aversion for being in front rather than behind the camera). Rather than a Man Without Qualities, he is a Man Without Biography. Still, there have been attempts. For a bit of a traditional bio, check out NYT All Movie Guide’s Chris Marker Bio.
We welcome contributions in short article form from the global village that Marker helped to map. We also welcome Chris Marker news, links, memorabilia, aphorisms, quotations, images and stray insights. Contributions from animals are welcome too, of course, including but not limited to cats, owls, giraffes, emus and elephants (слоны).
The predecessor of this site was an old and crumbling edifice from the ’90s: silverthreaded presents chris marker, housed at a so-called tilde account in the dial-up days, in and amongst the rubble of a strange research project dubbed Cinema Paranoia. Upon this shaky base we build, quoting & glossing, writing when inspired, ever fascinated by and admiring always the oeuvre of Chris Marker, le plus célèbre des cinéastes inconnus.
Currently in 2016, I am focusing on expanding the site in several dimensions: (i) adding image galleries for a more systematic presentation of Marker’s photography and photograms from his films; (ii) adding more primary writings by Marker in both French and English; and (iii) reaching out to Chris Marker aficionados, scholars and otaku for more guest articles. We’re off to a good start on this last item with the publication of chapter 1 of Chris Darke’s new book on La Jetée.
A Note on Links
I am amazed, as I review the broken links on this site to external sites, at the ephemeral nature of the URL. So many webmasters leave old links in the dust, when in many cases they could provide a 301 redirect, so that users are not stuck with the dreaded 404 ‘page not found’ dead end. Currently, I have broken links appearing with a strike-through and am attempting to find updated replacements. Alas, it is a fool’s errand in some cases…
The Estate Awaits!
I will also be documenting the current state of his estate if possible, hoping to glean insights into the materials currently being catalogued by the Cinémathèque française. Also, I want to gather resources on distribution rights for all extant films, in both French and English. A more detailed exegesis of new books on Marker is also an primary goal before I get buried beyond recovery… That’s a lot to do, so if you are moved to help support the site, stay tuned for another upgrade on that front – improved donation functionality.
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