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Stranger Than Fiction Screens Sans Soleil

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As a friend of a friend used to say of the voices in his head: “THIS JUST IN!” Stranger than Fiction, an exclusive documentary film series followed by live discussions with filmmakers, has just announced its 2014 Spring / Summer lineup. The series begins tonight (May 6) at 8pm, with a screening of Chris Marker’s 1983 classic SANS SOLEIL, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jem Cohen (MUSEUM HOURS), who cites Marker as a key influence in his own work...

Letter to Theresa by Chris Marker – Behind the Veils of Sans Soleil

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August 19 – Year: Unknown Original: Fax Dear Theresa (and all the gang), Don’t apologize: perhaps one thousand people wished to ask me these questions, but I never gave them a chance to ask. In fact, the only opportunity where I was in a position to talk about Sans Soleil (I note that, in spite of me putting in the film itself the three titles of the Mussorgsky songs cycle, in Russian Без Солнца, in English SUNLESS and in French, people in US always...

Criterion Releases La Jetée & Sans Soleil on Blu-Ray

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As you probably know by now, swimming as we are in era of no news is new news, Chris Marker’s incomparable masterworks La Jetée and Sans Soleil have been released again, this time on Blu-Ray by Criterion. Originally paired on DVD in a French edition by Arte Video in 2003, the films came to Criterion DVD in 2007. I believe some of the extras on the Blu-Ray edition, released last week on February 7, 2012, are new, others appearing already on the earlier release...

Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

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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 ?

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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

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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...

Si j’avais quatre dromadaires Coming to DVD + Publications Galore

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Boite Si j'avais 4 dromedaires - Chris Marker - Les Mutins DVD

One of the films that always seemed to escape the great anthologies that we do have, in French and in English, was always Si j’avais quatre dromedaires (1966). The film is summarized as “a succession of 800 still images taken in 26 countries between 1955 and 1965, from Tokyo to Havanna, in passing through Peking, Moscow, Stockholm, Rome and Paris… commented by Chris Marker and his friends in voice-off.” [« Une succession de 800 images fixes prises dans 26 pays...

CinémAction n°165 – Chris Marker : pionnier et novateur

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Thanks to Chris Darke for alerting us to this new publication with some familiar names contributing articles to CinémAction 165: Chris Marker: pionnier et novateure. L’interactivité filmique, initiée de manière radicale dès 1950, permet d’appréhender une démarche polyphonique qui n’a cessé de montrer et commenter l’histoire du XXe siècle. Ciné-voyageur, Chris Marker reste, de fait, pionnier et novateur dans toute une série de domaines ici explorés. L’originalité de...

It was a Strange Thing by Chris Marker

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It was a strange thing. A small box of metal with irregularly rounded corners, with a rectangular opening in the middle and in front of it a tiny lens, the size of a euro. We had to slip a piece of film – real film, with perforations – that was pressed by a rubber wheel, and by turning a button connected to the roulette, the film was unrolled one by one. Actually, each image represented a different scene, so that it seemed more like a slideshow than...

Colin MacCabe Visits the Atelier

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Visiting rue Courat Colin MacCabe It was early 2002 and people still used answering machines rather than mobile phones. The recording clicked in and an extraordinary voice that sounded as if it had been mechanically produced asked the caller to leave a message “if you have something interesting or amusing to say”. I was already nervous that I was cold calling Chris Marker, legendary recluse and indeed general artistic legend. My anxiety intensified and I started to...

Cuba Si! by Chris Marker (1961)

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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...

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