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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...

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 great 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 wonderfully 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...

2084 Remix

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Just realizing now how much Dialector appears as the UI of this future imagined by Marker as a commissioned piece for syndicalism. More in a bit. For now, here is a strange remix of the short film of Marker’s, 2084. We also see Hayao, the Zone man, credited – Marker’s reality distortion engine taken here to another level, in homage… It’s called 2084 “Through the mirrorshades glasses of Chris Marker” REMIX . 2084 Info by...

Si j’avais quatre dromadaires

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Composed entirely of still photographs shot by Marker himself over the course of his restless travel through twenty-six countries, If I Had Four Dromedaries stages a probing, at times agitated, search for the meanings of the photographic image.MUBI Avec ses quatre dromadaires Don Pedro d’Alfaroubeira Courut le monde et I’admira II fit ce que je voudrais faire Si j’avais quatre dromadaires. Apollinaire Marker Littéraire: Quoting & Naming La...

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...

Level Five Trailer

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A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She “inherits” a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa – a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended, as well as in postwar times and even our present. A strange game, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn...

Afrique 50 by René Vautier

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René Vautier was a part of Chris Marker’s Groupe Medvedkine and a famous/infamous director whose film Afrique 50 prefigured in some ways Marker and Resnais’ Les Statues meurent aussi, and offered a convex mirror in other ways to the work of Jean Rouch. Vautier just passed away. This film was banned for many years, many of its reels held by customs and Vautier even sentenced to a year of prison for violations against the state for its depiction of...

It By Others by Duncan Campbell Responds to Marker & Resnais’ Statues Also Die

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Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell has been nominated for his contribution to Scotland’s 2013 Venice Biennale pavilion. The feature work is a film entitled “It for Others” which responds to Chris Marker and Alan Resnais’ 1953 film essay about historical African art and colonialism, “Statues Also Die.”Who Will Win Tate’s Turner Prize in 2014? For more on Duncan Campbell, including a gallery and video interviews, see Generation Arts Scotland. Another piece of...

Curating Chris Marker: The Word & The Image

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Appearing in the Whitechappel channel on Youtube, the following video was just released and gives an excellent overview of the architecture of the exhibition, modeled on the play of image and text that pervades all of Marker’s creations. One learns from the curators’ reflections how the exhibition was designed to cover in this manner all aspects of the multifarious makings of the maker Chris Marker. Well, that’s quite a mouthful already, so...

Chris Marker Blow Up – ARTE

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Posted by ARTE, this is an insightful and quick-witted introduction to Chris Marker, the man, the filmmaker and the phenomenon. It goes quickly like Marker’s films, so is definitely worth watching several times. “Einmal ist keinmal,” as Benjamin said. Blow Up is a series of videos produced by ARTE covering a diverse set of topics, with an emphasis on films & filmmakers, but also musicians and other cultural happenings & reminiscences. The...

Image Indexing: High Speed Scan of Remembrance of Things to Come – Fandor

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Warning: Semi-heavy rock & roll soundtrack with crunchy guitars.Later: Just realized it’s Wire. I was a fan. Brings me back… This presentation of post-metabolic image indexing is best viewed by your subliminal senses, or your android enhancements if you have connections at the Tyrell Corporation, where a watchful AI owl presides over the spacious dystopic empire of terraced architecture and vast wealth. We are several years in the future of that...

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