Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Vertiginous Hauntings: The Ghosts of Vertigo Published

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While the initial reception of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) was unspectacular, it made its presence felt in a host of other films–from Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (1983) to Brian De Palma’s Obsession (1976), and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (1999). What seemed to have eluded the critics at the time is that Vertigo is a film about being haunted: by illusive images, turbulent emotions, motion and memory, the sound and feeling of falling into the past, into a...

L’Héritage de la chouette: Dialogues choisies Published

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It all started on June 25, 1987. The project of a television program dedicated to Greek culture had just crystallized. We had before us the specter which haunts the continents of cultural documentaries, and which Chekhov has formulated for eternity: say things that intelligent people already know and that imbeciles will never know… It was Jean-Pierre Vernant who had the idea of ​​the banquet, and of this conversation without borders. The large amphitheater of the...

Dreamtime Zone Library — CM Livres

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A Wunderkammer gallery of books by, on or adjacent to Chris Marker. As Bellour has said, Marker was as much an écrivain as a regisseur., and he has inspired much additional writing. From Le Coeur net to Passengers, from A Farewell to Movies to Owls at Noon, from Petite Planète to ZOO, from le livre impossible to Untimely Affects, from Maspero to Bellour, from Gautier to Keeney, from Darke to Lambert, from Susan Howe to Mars, from Montaigne to Morel...

December Seeds

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"When our dreams are intersected we are one. The amateur and as required by the movie itself, Chris Marker. While we were searching for December's language, the wizard loped and stepped into Utopia." December Seeds is a disorienting, convulsive audio-visual dive into street violence and guerilla filmmaking, It also happens to have several things to do with Chris Marker. He is evoked, an imaginary film of his is conjured up amidst the anti-narrative, and he may have...

The Heat of 1000 Suns

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In celebration of the collective hope that many felt today as we came to learn that our nefarious, narcissistic, lying and self-absorbed President was finally to be sent packing, I worked on a page that assembles 50  posts at a time, with another 50  upon refresh, using the superpowers of Elementor, the rising star in WordPress page builders. So please navigate to All Posts and you may find something of interest that has previously eluded you, as there are many...

The Owl’s Legacy — Quick Reference

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A long time ago, we received a bundle of texts from the computer scientist and CM researcher DK: an online trove, practically a Passagenwerk for the preparation of Marker's work on Greece. It was and has remained a collection of quotes and notes that went into the organization of the vast investigation of the cultural, mythological, and philological legacy of Greece that comprises Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy / L'Héritage de la chouette. It is unlikely to have...

Sophie Kovel Translates Marker + Esprit Publishes Les engagements de Chris Marker

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Chris Marker, encyclopedist… The article translated by Sophie Kovel is really more of a condensed thought-association that starts with the publication of a willfully obscure volume of a kind of anti-encyclopedia, and goes on to play with some of the words contained therein, such as “hectoplasm”, “et cetera” and “exaggeration.” Marker is at his dry, wittiest self here. The piece, published under the rubric “Science and...

France Culture Podcasts – Conversations on Chris Marker

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We have been following with appreciation the podcasts of France Culture on the occasion of the phenomenal Sept Vies d'un Cinéaste exhibition/retrospective, conversations that touch on Chris Marker's life, friendships and wisdom in a way that the written word has a harder time achieving – the Costa-Gavras conversation is exemplary in this regard. There is an intimacy to the spoken voice that comes through vividly, and the questions posed by Albane Penaranda are...

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 20h00Jetée (La) Chris Marker / France / 1962 CM Je 3 mai 20h00Statues meurent aussi (Les) Alain Resnais, Chris Marker / France / 1953 CM Je 3 mai 20h00 LES FILMS Amérique insolite (L') François Reichenbach / France / 1958 Lu 21...

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