Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory


Three Cheers for the Whale


Over the next two decades, Chris and I spoke on the phone periodically and I attended several of his rare public presentations. In 2007, Jon Miller, president of our mutual distributor Icarus Films, contacted me to see if I would be willing to assist Chris in the making of a new English version of his 1972 film “Vive la Baleine”, a passionate, collage-based essay film on the plight of the whales. Of course, I was honored and immediately said yes. For one whole...

Ghost Cat: Postcards + Exhibitions


Card 5 of 15 Roma, 1956 Chris Marker, Image from Staring Back May 12-August 12, 2007 Exhibition organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio State University FYI, there are two postcard sets by Chris Marker that I know of. This set is from Wexner and is, I believe, out of print. The other is Chris Marker, How a grinning cat visits the HISTORY OF ART, 10 Postcards, Peter Blum Editions. This production, to my knowledge, is also no longer available...

Guillaume, Guillaume, Guillaume…


Guillaume, Guillaume, Guillaume (The cat named Guillaume) Visiting Chris Marker in Second Life Katie Rose Pipkin I never really lived in Second Life. As an artist working in digital spaces this is patently uncool. But it is true; by the time I stumbled onto the massively multiplayer simulation it was already empty, a shrinking economy and user-base spread across a vast and often-private landscape leaving the world desolate at best. Around this time, I attended a...

Jim Jarmusch Met Chris Marker


Jim Jarmusch From: There were a lot of things that I couldn’t fit into my recent interview with Jim Jarmusch (which you can read at The Guardian). This is one of them.“I had a great chance to meet Chris Marker, once. I got to go outside of Paris, he was in a little editing room in it, I think? And this guy Anatole Dauman was a big producer, and he said ‘I pay for Chris to have this little editing room, would you like to go visit him, he...



Sandor Krasna, Flikr Amitié | Friendship with the animal kingdom, arguably the source, along with music, of emotional connection in all of Chris Marker’s creations. For Marker, ‘things that quicken the heart’ always include revered animals, along with music. These are sources of the emotional connection in Chris Marker’s creations, a connection which parallels at a deeper level the intellectual activity of resolving word and image. Emotional...

The Third Cat


Dedicated to Guillaume-en-Egypte and thanks to Chris.Marker Machinima by Max Moswitzer 3D Guillaume created by Exosius Woolley Screening at Centre Pompidou on 2. November 2010, Estoril Film Festival on 9. November 2010. Reference: "The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard. It is particularly remembered for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical...

The Cat Wants His Grin Back / Les Chats ne sont plus perchés


THE CAT WANTS HIS GRIN BACK (LES CHATS NE SONT PLUS PERCHES) from Fabien Dapvril on Vimeo. Another offering at the temple of homages chez, courtesy Cinémathèque française. Full screen recommended. July 29th, 2012. A man crosses the zone. A mysterious street painter with paws without claws, prints in the city, this passage in the offspring. So, let’s talk about Chris Marker. A short documentary by Céline Balandard & Fabien Dapvril. with...

The Protest of the Grinning Cat


There’s an homage video up on Vimeo that might interest Chris Marker fans. Take a look here: The Protest of the Grinning Cat – In honor of “The Case of the Grinning Cat by M.Chat.Veuille Here’s a summary of the video: In 2006, May 1 was chosen by mostly Latino immigrant groups in the United States as the day for the Great American Boycott , a general strike of undocumented immigrant workers and supporters to protest HR 4437, immigration...

An Owl is an Owl is an Owl


From Chris Marker’s collection Bestiaire aka Petit Bestiaire (1990), consisting of three ‘video haikus’:
Chat écoutant la musique – 2:47 min, color, sound
An Owl is an Owl is an Owl – 3:18 min, color, sound
Zoo Piece – 2:42 min, color, sound

2012 Year of the Dragon


The tradition continues. Last year—it seems like yesterday—we received the Year of the Cat virtual postcard, with the Wikileaks theme. In 2010, it was the Year of the Tiger, as the beast came after a fleeing flying Guillaume, with the tagline “Best Wishes, Considering.” In 2009, it was a crocodile surfacing from a drowned future Copenhagen of 3009 and the failure to deal with global warming, with Guillaume flying by in a mini time-travel ship. This year...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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