Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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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...

Chris Marker: (Le livre impossible) by Maroussia Vossen

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Out of the blue, we learned of a new and quite intimate book on Chris Marker (‘un centre mouvant’), written by his adopted daughter Maroussia Vossen. Marker’s life went into his work, and his personal life remained and remains a mystery to a great many of his fans. This new book, which can be found at Amazon.fr currently, promises to be a welcome respite from scholarly publications, and an insight into the oft-guarded personal side of the auteur...

François Maspero Passes

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Finally, I cannot forget to mention Chris Marker, without whom, quite simply I would not have become what I am. Among others, it was he who shared with me the ideal that was then behind Peuple et Culture, and much besides: a whole vision of the world where dreams were always at the heart of reality; for without dreams (unlike utopia) you can only live life as a vegetable. He, too – even more so – gave me this love for life, this life force, not to give...

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...

Harun Farocki 1944-2014

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Harun Farocki was born in 1944 in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to 1968 he attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart, he has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Farocki has made close to 90 films, including three feature films, essay films and documentaries. He has worked in collaboration with other filmmakers...

Bellour Marker Forever

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“I was 22 when my friend Jean Michaud and I imprudently imagined an ‘Apology for Chris Marker’ on the model offered by Plato. I was 24 when, on the spiral staircase leading to, among other things, the ‘Petite Planète’ office at Éditions du Seuil, Marker pleaded with me – the word that comes is too strong but I can find no other – or asked me not to write a little book on his films, which already constituted an oeuvre, for...

Researching Early Chris Marker Writings in the Esprit Archives

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For those interested in Chris Marker’s postwar writings published in Esprit, it has up until recently been a tricky research endeavor. I remember scouring the archives held at Cornell University around 1990, pulling down dusty Esprit issues dating back to the Forties and searching for hints of Marker’s authorship, such as the initials C.M. appended to certain pièces d’ocassion, minutiae really but part of the story of Marker as an author, as an...

Tombeau Chris Marker

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I would like to thank Etienne Sandrin for sending this photograph of Chris Marker’s gravesite in the Montparnasse cemetary. He wrote on April 2, 2014: “We have put – last Monday – Chris’s ashes in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.” Christian BOUCHE-VILLENEUVE dit Chris MARKER 29.7.1921 – 29.7.2012 Here is a link to the pdf map of the Cimetière du Montparnasse, and below an image (click to enlarge). Guillaume stands at his...

Entering History

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Quand les hommes sont morts, ils entrent dans l’histoire. Quand les statues sont mortes, elles entrent dans l’art. Cette botanique de la mort, c’est ce que nous appelons la culture.Les Statues meurent aussi I’d like to thank Christophe Crison for alerting me to this rare footage of the young Alain Resnais – whose death two days ago is still sending out shockwaves – and (a glimpse of) Chris Marker, recently published at www.ina.fr. The footage was...

Happy 90th Birthday Chris Marker!

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As has become a mini-tradition, we would like to extend a very happy birthday to Chris Marker (a day belated). Marker is now 90 years old and continues to intrigue and inspire, gather new interest among younger generations, and appear on the cultural radar globally—most recently with Les Rencontres d’Arles’ annual photography exhibition, the release of One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich on DVD, and the Passengers exhibition in New York at the...

Happy Birthday Chris Marker!

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We would like to invite all visitors—Marker admirers worldwide—to wish Chris Marker a Happy Birthday / Bon Anniversaire. Tomorrow, on July 29th, 2010, he will turn 89. It is indescribable what he has accomplished and continues to accomplish, but we can hope to convey a feeling, a set of feelings: celebration, admiration, and heartfelt wishes for health & many more moments of happiness (hold the black leader). We also wish to acknowledge a celebratory discount...

The Nine Lives of Guillaume-en-Égypte

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The French “pop lab” – extension São Paulo – poptronics has published a special “poster-journal” edition devoted to Chris Marker, or more precisely, to his omnipresent feline parallel self, Guillaume-en-Égypte, entitled guillaume-en-égypte au brésil/no brasil (numéro 11, 10/2009). Throughout, the issue uses as backgrounds photographs, devolved to duotones, that seem to tease at revealing the working space of a cinephile, librarian...

Within these few inches…

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Back to that balcony at the Place de la République where all huge demonstrations have always started or ended. I manage to frame again the top portion of my old photograph. In between I have been in Japan, Korea, Bolivia, Chile. I have filmed students in Guinea-Bisseau, medics in Kosovo, Bosnian refugees, Brazilian activists, animals everywhere. I covered the first free elections in East Germany after the fall of the Wall, and I sniffed the first moments of...

NYT & All Movie Guide’s Chris Marker Bio

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A cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet, Chris Marker was one of the most innovative filmmakers to emerge during the postwar era. Working primarily in the arena of nonfiction, Marker rejected conventional narrative techniques, instead staking out a deeply political terrain defined by the use of still images, atmospheric soundtracks, and literate commentary. Adopting a perspective akin to that of a stranger in a strange land, his films – haunting...

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