Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich by Chris Marker

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Chris Marker writes what is reproduced below in extreme modesty, given the depth of his film: its astute insights into Tarkovsky’s film language & signature motifs, its palpable emotional presence that embues the intimate family scenes, his empathetic camera and commentary. He is not an outsider here; he is family too in Tarkovsky’s largesse as Marker captures a home movie of the reunion of Andrei Arsenevich’s family after five years of...

Happy Birthday (Belated) Chris Marker

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I am remiss. I write from the road, thinking of Chris Marker, the most famous of unknown filmmakers, having just seen a comment from John P noting the missing birthday wishes on the 29th of July. So it is belated and a bit melancholic that I send out whispers to the higher worlds where Marker’s soul is no doubt off on new expeditions, having completed more of a life all across the Earth than can be put into words. I am reminded too of the once annual event of...

Happy Birthday Chris Marker

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Bon anniversaire Chris! What else is there to say? Everything’s been said. Birth and death like an oroborous, the legendary snake eating its tail, where the date July 29, 1921 superimposes itself on another date, July 29, 2012. The two dates merge in an origami fold. Inside the fold is an extraordinary life and a wealth of extraordinary works. Inside is a cat, stretching its paws to the sound emanating from the speakers, a cat reclining on a keyboard. Inside...

Happy 90th Birthday Chris Marker!

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As has become a mini-tradition, we would like to extend a very happy birthday to Chris Marker (a day belated). Marker is now 90 years old and continues to intrigue and inspire, gather new interest among younger generations, and appear on the cultural radar globally—most recently with Les Rencontres d’Arles’ annual photography exhibition, the release of One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich on DVD, and the Passengers exhibition in New York at the...

The Second Life of Chris Marker

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Presented below is the official press release distributed by The Harvard Film Archive for its upcoming film series and live event. You can also view the program at the HFA site. THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER MAY 9 – MAY 16, 2009 CAMBRIDGE, MA: The Harvard Film Archive is thrilled to host a virtual event with legendary filmmaker Chris Marker titled THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER, on May 16. The event, which will take place in the...

Chris + Andrei

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Chris Marker at the funeral of Andrei Tarkovsky Chris Marker at the funeral of Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovsky. Les deux maîtres. It is au revoir not adieu, one may only hope. If rockstars can reunite in heaven, why not filmmakers? Imagine a film that combines the already fathomless treasures of La Jetée and Stalker… In a wonderful article on the Tate Museum site, Robert Bird rightly emphasizes the metaphysical (I would say spiritual) presence in both Tarkovsky’s...

Chris Marker Films – Distribution

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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...

BAM Presents Chris Marker Retrospective

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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...

Articles of Interest Online (Beta)

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Looking for a more complete list of secondary sources of writings about Chris Marker? Check out our Chris Marker Bibliography: Secondary Sources. Have something to add? Let us know. 2016 Barbara Filser: Rezension von: Chris Marker: Kommentare 1. Übersetzt von Erich Brinkmann und Rike Felka, Berlin: Brinkmann und Bose Verlag 2014, in sehepunkte 16 (2016), Nr. 7. Barbara Filser: Rezension von: Chris Marker: Kommentare 2. Übersetzt von Erich Brinkmann und Rike Felka...

Singing the Motherland

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The release of Chris Marker’s heartfelt, heartbreaking film about Tarkovsky (“le maître” as he once confided), One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich [55 min./2009], is welcome news for both Marker and Tarkovsky fans—who tend to overlap, for reasons that are worth pondering. The film is accompanied by two other films hand-picked by Marker, Three Songs About Motherland by Marina Goldovskaya [39 min./ 2009] and In the Dark by Sergey...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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