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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...

Bamchade Pourvali, Qui êtes vous Chris Marker ?

Chris Marker by Bamchade Pourvali

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


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...

Battle of the Images by Raymond Bellour


First published in French and English “La querelle des dispositifs / Battle of the Images”, in art press no. 262, November 2000, pp.48-52. Translated from the French by L-S.Torgoff. Battle of the Images Raymond Bellour If there were an open polemic between today’s competing image delivery systems, some light might at last be shed. As it is, all we have is incertitudes – slip-sliding, straddling, flickering, hybridization, metamorphosing...

Chris Marker Films – Distribution


Under construction… Standby ARTE Planète Chris Marker – Coffret 10 DVD La plus grande collection sur Chris Marker : 14 films, dont 6 restaurés en 2013, ainsi qu’un livret de 120 pages. Les plus grands films de Chris Marker, enfin réunis dans un même coffret : La jetée – version restaurée Sans soleil – Version restaurée Le joli mai – Version restaurée Loin du Vietnam – Version restaurée Le fond de l’air est rouge...

Nora Alter’s Chris Marker Bibliography of Primary Sources

Description of a Struggle

From Alter, Nora. Chris Marker. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2006. Many thanks to Nora Alter. All works by Chris Marker unless otherwise noted. OCR is an inherently unstable process still. While we have gone through the bibliography line by line, there may be errors still. Please let us know if you find any remaining errors from scanning/editing. Many thanks in advance. Literary Works and Photo books “Till the end of time,” Esprit 129 {1947): 145-51...

Filmographie Chris Marker: L’ Avant Scène Cinéma 2013


This filmography was published by L’Avant Scène Cinéma, Revue mensuelle, #606, October 2103, pp. 34-35. Many thanks for allowing us to reproduce it here, as well as the kind mention in the resource section. Filmographie de Chris Marker La filmographie de Chris Marker est difficile à établir. La liste suivante est certainement à amender. On pourra la comparer avec les filmographies que proposent les sites très riches que voici : Réalisation, Installation...

BAM Presents Chris Marker Retrospective


Sorry for the late notice. I have been staring at my to do list with this extraordinary retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with glazed eyes, hesitating. Hesitate and you’re lost. I was lost. But kudos to those who found their way to BAM for these essential Chris Marker films. Hopefully this note in a bottle will reach land in time for a few to catch the remaining screenings. The last time I was at BAM it was for Terry Riley. What a fantastic...

On Chris Marker


André Bazin on Chris Marker Le Grand Maneki by Catherine Cadou La Jetée Academy One by J.G. Ballard Jim Jarmusch Met Chris Marker William Gibson on La Jetée Articles of Interest | Online (Beta) Chris Marker par Agnès Varda Chris Marker: In Memory of New Technology by Catherine Lupton On La Jetée by Jean-Louis Schefer Patricio Guzmán – What I Owe to Chris Marker Second Life Tour with Chris Marker and the Harvard Film Archive The Crisis of Cognition by Rainer J...

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