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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...

Bamchade Pourvali, Qui êtes vous Chris Marker ?

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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

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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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“The photo is the hunt, it’s the instinct of hunting without the desire to kill. It’s the hunt of angels. You trail, you aim, you fire and — clic! — instead of a dead man, you make him everlasting.”Chris Marker, Commentaires 2, 87 Thanks to Christophe Chazalon (CH2) of chrismarker.ch for breaking the news on several upcoming exciting re-releases and re-publications in Chris Marker land, all dovetailing on the temporal horizon with the Cinémathèque française...

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...

Studio: A Remembrance of Chris Marker – Bartos, McCabe, Lerner

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Marker Studio, 2007 © Adam Bartos He inferred that persons desiring to train this faculty (of memory) must select places and form mental images of the things they wish to remember and store those images in the places, so that the order of the places will preserve the order of the things, and the images of the things will denote the things themselves, and we shall employ the places and images respectively as a wax writing-tablet and the letters written on it...

On Level Five by Whiteny Mallet

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WHITNEY MALLET On Level Five nplusone magazine nplusonemag.com 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...

Coréennes by Chris Marker – English Text

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Coréennes by Chris Marker (Seuil, 1959) Foreword The Six Days The Two Orphans The Seven Wonders The Five Senses The Three Sisters The Nine Muses The Four Corners Coda Foreword On September 25,1866 the escort vessel Déroulède appeared in Seoul harbor. Its name implied revenge. That March, the Koreans had massacred several French missionaries in a quite revolting manner (for the time), and it was normal that the French fleet should come to punish the outrage to its...

ARTE DVD Release Pairs Mémoires pour Simone and La Solitude de chanteur de fond

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Mémoires pour Simone / La Solitude de chanteur de fond deux films de Chris Marker SIMONE SIGNORET – YVES MONTAND Deux documentaires uniques sur un couple mythique MÉMOIRES POUR SIMONE « Mémoire des lieux. Une salle de projection dans la grande maison d’Autheuil, département de l’Eure : des bobines, des cassettes, des photos, des placards. Ce que l’on vous propose ici, ce n’est pas la vie de Simone, elle l’a racontée mieux que...

Lucien Bookmite Records Second Life Interactions with Sergei Murasaki

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Published by and © poptronics with additional visual materials: < 05’12’13 > L’Ouvroir, souvenirs d’une maison flottante, repères 182-69-39 Lucien Bookmite a croisé la route de Sergei Murasaki, l’avatar de Chris Marker sur Second Life dès 2008. C’est à cette époque que le Museum fur Gestaltung Zürich, qui consacrait une exposition au cinéaste documentariste, lui avait proposé d’investir ce monde 3D multi-utilisateurs. Chris Marker avait imaginé...

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