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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...

Philippe Dubois, “La Jetée de Chris Marker ou le cinématogramme de la conscience”

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I’m seaching still for the full text of this presentation, published in Théorème 6: Recherches sur Chris Marker (Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2002), and whose table of contents were published here a while back. Hopefully it might be available still somewhere, as it contains a great selection of texts on Marker. An excerpt follows, and then a link to the presentation (no embed code was available). “La Jetée” de Chris Marker ou le...

Ricardo Greene, Iván Pinto Publish La Zona Marker

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I received an email from Ricardo Greene with news of a new, important book on Chris Marker in Spanish: La Zona Marker.  The book is published by Ediciones FIDOCS (Culdoc series) in Santiago, Chile. It presents a collection of essays by Ricardo Green, Iván Pinto, Patricio Guzmán (“Lo que debo a Chris Marker”), Trevor Stark, Carolina Anaral de Aguiar, Chris Marker himself (“El ùltimo bolchevique”), Maria Paz Peirano, Maria Luisa Ortega...

Guillaume, Guillaume, Guillaume…

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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...

André Bazin on Chris Marker (1958)

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Trans. Dave Kehr, © Cahiers du Cinéma, published in Film Comment, 2003. Chris Marker, as you may remember, wrote the narration for Bibliothèque Nationale (Toute la mémoire du monde) and Statues Also Die (which the public still has only been able to see in a version cut to half its length by the censorship board). These incisive, powerful texts, in which cutting irony plays hide and seek with poetry, would be enough to secure their author a privileged place in the...

Jacques Rancière, In front of the camera lens

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I’m still seeking to understand this piece of writing, which forgoes a close reading of Marker’s The Last Bolchevik for something else, something akin to thinking out loud in a somewhat associative manner, while using a film – a moment of a film removed from context – for purposes having only tangential connections with the film itself. It strikes me as the philosophical opposite of letting the object speak that Benjamin practiced beautifully and Adorno...

Battle of the Images by Raymond Bellour

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First published in French and English “La querelle des dispositifs / Battle of the Images”, in art press no. 262, November 2000, pp.48-52. Translated from the French by L-S.Torgoff. Battle of the Images Raymond Bellour If there were an open polemic between today’s competing image delivery systems, some light might at last be shed. As it is, all we have is incertitudes – slip-sliding, straddling, flickering, hybridization, metamorphosing...

Trafic and Serge Daney by Raymond Bellour

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Published here: sergedaney.blogspot.co.uk Trafic and Serge Daney Raymond Bellour When Serge Daney decided to found Trafic, a ‘cinema review’, at the start of the 1990s, he began from the ‘realisation that the intellectual landscape in which cinema exists has changed a great deal. Changed to the extent that the traditional ways of writing about cinema do not “bite” anymore in relation to the reality of classic literary cinephilic consumption’. (1) Daney aimed thus...

Chris Marker Commentaires : English Translation Coming

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I’m not sure of the publisher or publication date, but I learned today via the following essay of this project, which is a joy to contemplate. More as more is revealed, bien sûr, and heartfelt congratulations to Sergey Levchin, yet another longtime Chris Marker fan emerging with an essential project. Scanned copies of the out-of-print originals are available at the end of the post for download. Levchin’s article on the translation project was published...

Chris Marker Dialector Reloaded by André Lozano – English Translation

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Many thanks to Dorna Khazeni for translating André Lozano’s interesting tale of bringing Chris Marker’s Dialector to the annual Appel II Convention @ KansasFest last summer. The original article in French appears in another post here, Dialector Reloaded, or We Aren’t In Kansas City Anymore. § André Lozano headed to Kansas City (USA) July 22-27 for the annual Apple II Convention, KansasFest, and to present “Dialector,” the original...

Rick Poynor Reviews Chris Marker’s Commentaires

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The Design Observer Group published an excellent review by Rick Poynor of Marker’s two volume Commentaires yesterday. The article explores the books, now out of print and – as noted in the article – exceedingly hard to find, from the perspective of book design. Marker was an editor at Editions du Seuil for part of his career and was responsible for the innovative design of the Petite Planète series. He brought this expertise to the making of his own books...

Time Travel Specialist

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I’m working – and reaching out once again to a friend better qualified – on translating a fine story involving the encounter of Chris Marker and Thoma Vuille, awesome street artist and creator of M. CHAT. The story, “Chats percheurs – La rencontre entre Chris Marker et M. CHAT racontée par Louise Traon,” appears currently in French on Arte.tv’s Creative site, and is accompanied by a short documentary well worth watching, as the story...

Pierre Lhomme

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Pierre Lhomme discusses the origins, awards and remastering of Le Joli mai (1963) with Chris Marker. He calls attention, during the remastering process, of Chris Marker’s sense that the film would be difficult if not impossible to decipher by today’s youth – that they may not comprehend that the moment of the film was directly related to, as Lhomme puts it, “the end of French colonialism.” Thanks to japanese forms for letting us know...

Trevor Stark Engages Marker & Militant Cinema

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In the recent Winter 2012 issue of October, Trevor Stark has published an impressive essay entitled “‘Cinema in the Hands of the People'”: Chris Marker, the Medvedkine Group, and the Potential of Militant Film.” Thankfully not put behind a pay wall, the article is available for download from mitpressjournals.org. Stark takes a comprehensive look back at the rencontres of filmmakers and striking workers under the name Groupe Medvedkine...

PASSENGERS

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JOHN FITZGERALD All images courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York. PASSENGERS is Chris Marker’s second photographic exhibition featuring images from the Paris Métro. These days, if I wanted to somehow meet Chris Marker, I would probably go to Paris and ride the trains all afternoon hoping for a glimpse of him—it is becoming his natural habitat. But why is an artist/filmmaker/writer, whose work has literally taken him all over the entire world, now so...

Signal in the Noise

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We keep one cheshire eye open on the blogosphere and notice lots of people in the first flush of their discovery of the New World of Chris Marker. Usually they are trying to get across some very impressed first impression of either La Jetée or Sans Soleil. There are so many blogs, so many opportunities to self-publish, and so much in Marker that appeals to the current Zeitgeist too that he truly has become “le plus célèbre des cinéastes inconnus.”...

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