Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Some Chris Marker news, video and views that have come to light of late... These include the republication of Marker's masterful 1959 book Coréennes; a trailer from the Centre Pompidou's 2013 retrospective, featuring a parade of elephants; and finally, a stunning collection of photographs of the Cinémathèque française 2018 Chris Marker Exhibition design — giving a sense of the visitor experience via photos of the spatial design, signage and viewing spaces.

Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

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Chris Marker Raindeer animation stop motion

Happy Holidays.

"Although the use of drawings, photographs, or other still images within a film became more common with the films of Jean-Luc Godard in the mid-1960s, the use of animated techniques was still rather rare for this period. Chris Marker’s use of animation techniques was therefore rather unique for an art film of this time. The lack of discussion of animation within Marker’s works, then, is a curious omission."

Marina Vlady: Chris Marker, Tarkovsky et L’amitié

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Exposition Chris Marker – Marina Vlady from La Cinémathèque française on Vimeo. « Chris Marker aimait beaucoup les cinéastes russes, notamment Andreï Tarkovski, dont il était l’admirateur et l’ami, et qu’il a filmé chez moi, dans les derniers jours de sa vie. Il lui a d’ailleurs permis de finir son dernier film, Le Sacrifice : c’est lui qui a apporté toute la technique chez moi, pour que Tarkovski puisse finir le...

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...

Sixth Side of the Pentagon Trailer

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The image below from Marker’s Staring Back photo collection book was posted to the Chris Marker Facebook page today by Ben McGill. Marker getting the not welcome please cease and desist moves by the US military police… Neither the image nor the film have lost their significance, to say the least, as the resistance to power renews itself after a short nap of reason (that of course produced monsters). As Ben aptly notes, “Perhaps the best place to hide is...

L’essai : vues d’Allemagne, la fabrique documentaire

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L'essai : vues d'Allemagne from la fabrique documentaire on Vimeo. This essay film on ‘views’ of the essay film in Germany begins with the unmistakable, raspy and wise voice of Gilles Deleuze, and quickly launches into a rapid montage of moments of meta, showing and letting the showing speak, while adding voices but not an authorial voice per se, rather quoted voices – just as cinematic citation pulls clips out of context so does the...

Chris Marker Month at MUBI

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Our friends at MUBI are putting on a Chris Marker retrospective this Summer, giving UK members the ability to see Chris Marker films online for a small monthly fee. I’m trying to get more details on the programming & country limitations, so please check back here. Note 7/28/15: I’ve confirmed that the retrospective is limited to the UK site. We’ve been adding one title a week for the past three weeks, and from tomorrow July 29th (and as...

Pompidou Planète Marker Video Archive

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It’s been a pleasure, having been unable to attend the Centre Pompidou’s 2013 Chris Marker exhibition and retrospective, to witness the appearance on Daily Motion of videos of the talks that were held, as well as a skillfully edited overall / intro video that emerges us in Marker’s visual world. While a longer post is in progress on the series and the practice of video archiving, I did want to present the intro video first, as a kind of teaser and...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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