Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Arte Now Offering ‘Planète Chris Marker’ DVD Collection


Arte’s new DVD collection of Chris Marker films includes the following titles:

  • La Jetée – restored version
  • Sans Soleil – restored version
  • Le Joli mai – restored version
  • Loin du Vietnam – restored version
  • Le fond de l’air est rouge – restored version
  • Sixties
  • A.K.
  • Mémoires pour Simone – restored version
  • La solitude du chanteur de fond
  • Le tombeau d’Alexandre
  • Chats perchés

Technical information from Arte’s web page for the collection states: PAL – Zone 2; Dolby Digital 2.0; Audio languages: English, audiovision, French; Total duration of DVD: 1200 minutes.

They list as supplements to the collection a 120 page booklet, 3 post cards and 4 shorts: (1) La Jetée supplement – 30 minutes; (2) ‘Autour du Joli Mai‘ – 62 minutes; (3) Loin de Vietnam supplement – 30 minutes; (4) Chats perchés supplement – 20 minutes. All these are new—or at least new to us—and definitely peak our curiosity.

The word they use ‘compléments’ (a guess, as the browser is rendering it as Compléments) could mean outtakes, as it has the connotation of ‘remainders’, so that is one possibility. The chance to see outtakes of La Jetée is doubtless for many especially interesting. It remains to be seen how well the English subtitles work for this edition; we hope to report on that down the road.

The contents of Sixties is not familiar – perhaps our readers could shed some light on that in the comments… But there is Marker’s written piece called Sixties.  Please take a look.


Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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