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On Level Five by Whiteny Mallet


WHITNEY MALLET On Level Five nplusone magazine 21 august 2014 THE FIRST IRAQ WAR earned the nickname “the video game war.” During the conflict, night-vision green footage of desert bombing campaigns was broadcast on the evening news: when the war was made visible, it was made visible digitally. But even those images looked worlds away from the first-person shooter games little boys from Berkeley to Baghdad were playing on their X-Box consoles by the...

Level Five Trailer


A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She “inherits” a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa – a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended, as well as in postwar times and even our present. A strange game, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn...

Chris Marker Level Five English DVD Booklet by Christophe Chazalon


Chris Marker: In Search of Lost Memory Christophe Chazalon, In February 1997, Level Five was selected to represent France at the Berlin Festival, a few days before it premiered in French theaters. Its critical success was practically unanimous. Yet for the public, it was a flop. A single reason seems to have caused its failure: visual minimalism. Level Five tells the story of Laura, a woman who must finish off a video-game on the Battle of...

Level Five Transcript (Beta) by Chris Marker


Catherine Belkhodja (CB): ========================= What can these be but the playthings of a mad God who made us to build them for him? Imagine Neanderthal man glimpsing with this vision in his head: a flash of city at night, all motion and light. He cannot tell what it means, he has had a poetic vision, all motion and light, A sea of lights, he cannot unravel the images that land in his mind, like birds, swift, unreachable birds. Thoughts, memories, visions are...

Entering Level Five


More on this film to come… I am watching it multiple times and seeing what my mind can find to put down in terms of thought, the play of concepts, rumination and the like. I am finally entering Level Five. is also celebrating, if you can call it that, a hosting move – up a level – and not without its ‘game over’ moments. If you have had difficulties reaching the site in recent days, that is why. Things did not go as...

Level Five: Filmnotes @ PFA + argos/arte


Pacific Film Archive Notes A woman, a computer, an invisible contact: this is where Marker’s new film begins. Laura’s job is to design a video game based on the battle of Okinawa, a tragedy little known in the West but which played a determining role in the outcome of World War II, in the postwar period, and even in our own day. But unlike classic strategy games, where the goal is to change the course of history, the aim of this game is to recreate the...

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Chris Marker - Cinematheque catalogue

CHRIS MARKER, Catalog, © Cinémathèque française, 2018, 104-109 Parmi les mots qu’on accumule allègrement pour qualifier le génie protéiforme de Chris Marker (romancier, essayiste, éditeur, critique, cinéaste, vidéaste, dessinateur, artiste multimedia, musicien même), il en est un qui manque, et serait la condition de tous les autres: archiviste. Marker en a peut-être suggéré la règle, en passant, comme il fait toute chose, au début de l’acte IV de Sans...

Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

Chris Marker Raindeer animation stop motion

Happy Holidays.

"Although the use of drawings, photographs, or other still images within a film became more common with the films of Jean-Luc Godard in the mid-1960s, the use of animated techniques was still rather rare for this period. Chris Marker’s use of animation techniques was therefore rather unique for an art film of this time. The lack of discussion of animation within Marker’s works, then, is a curious omission."

Bamchade Pourvali, Qui êtes vous Chris Marker ?


Qui êtes-vous Chris Marker ? Conférence de Bamchade Pourvali from La Cinémathèque française on Vimeo. Bamchade Pourvali is a Chris Marker scholar and the author of Chris Marker. Paris: Cahiers du Cinéma, 2003. He has also published: Pourvali, Bamchade. “Chris Marker, cinéaste inclassable.” Théorème 6. Recherches sur Chris Marker Ed. Philippe Dubois. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2006, 111-117. Interview on Chris Marker with Bamchade Pourvali...

Cinémathèque française Unveils Encyclopedic Chris Marker Retrospective Program

Cinémathèque Chris Marker Exposition Poster

Dans les Salles | Films, Rencontres, Conférences, Spectacles Du 3 au 27 Mai 2018 Source: Exposition Chris Marker, les 7 vies d’un cinéaste – La Cinémathèque française SÉANCE D’OUVERTURE Ambassade (L’) Chris Marker / France / 1975 CM Je 3 mai 20h00 Jetée (La) Chris Marker / France / 1962 CM Je 3 mai 20h00 Statues meurent aussi (Les) Alain Resnais, Chris Marker / France / 1953 CM Je 3 mai 20h00 LES FILMS Amérique insolite (L’) François...

Marker Mémoire


Cinémathèque Française, 7 janvier – 1er février 1998 Introduction par Chris. Marker Published in Images documentaires 31 (2ème trimestre 1998), ed. Catherine Blangonnet S’exposer à une rétrospective (même si le mot n’est écrit nulle part) de son vivant n’est pardonnable que si l’on profite de cette limousine qui vous est prêtée pour faire monter quelques auto-stoppeurs. Et il n’est pas illogique de faire figurer dans cette espèce...

Cuba Si! by Chris Marker (1961)


Cuba Si!, Chris Marker’s 1961 film about the late Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution, was produced by Pierre Braunberger and banned in France. It contains much original footage of Castro speaking, and is one of a handful of films not available, to my knowledge, on DVD. It is rarely shown and was not considered by Marker himself as part of his oeuvre that he wished to have projected. He talked about his early films as ‘sketches’ of what was to...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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