Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Chris Marker’s Owl’s Legacy Coming to DVD in English Version

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Chris Marker’s The Owl’s Legacy According to amazon.com’s page on this new DVD: “This title will be released on November 13, 2018.” Below is a fantastic summary of the different ‘chapters’ of the work, as presented by Icarus Films. Directed by enigmatic and brilliant documentary essayist Chris Marker, THE OWL’S LEGACY is an intellectually agile, engaging, and sometimes biting look at ancient Greece, its influences on...

Greek-Subtitled Heritage of the Owl Taken Down

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I received a note that left the fog of regret and irony lingering in the back of my mind these last weeks… Chris Marker’s epic 13 part television series L’ Héritage de la chouette / The Owl’s Legacy (1989) was translated recently into a version with Greek subtitles and posted to YouTube. So far so good – all assembled (and recently released on DVD), together they become a beautiful kind of living curriculum about ancient Greece, gathering experts from there and in...

Si j’avais quatre dromadaires Coming to DVD + Publications Galore

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“The photo is the hunt, it’s the instinct of hunting without the desire to kill. It’s the hunt of angels. You trail, you aim, you fire and — clic! — instead of a dead man, you make him everlasting.” Chris Marker, Commentaires 2, 87 Thanks to Christophe Chazalon (CH2) of chrismarker.ch for breaking the news on several upcoming exciting re-releases and re-publications in Chris Marker land, all dovetailing on the temporal horizon with the Cinémathèque française...

ARTE DVD Release Pairs Mémoires pour Simone and La Solitude de chanteur de fond

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Mémoires pour Simone / La Solitude de chanteur de fond deux films de Chris Marker SIMONE SIGNORET – YVES MONTAND Deux documentaires uniques sur un couple mythique MÉMOIRES POUR SIMONE « Mémoire des lieux. Une salle de projection dans la grande maison d’Autheuil, département de l’Eure : des bobines, des cassettes, des photos, des placards. Ce que l’on vous propose ici, ce n’est pas la vie de Simone, elle l’a racontée mieux que...

Arte to Release “La Trilogie des Balkans” Chris Marker DVD

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In an email from April 26th, Sabrina Bendali of Arte France writes of the upcoming release of three Chris Marker films that have been put together into a “Balkan Trilogy.”  The overall title of the DVD is La trilogie des Balkans, set for DVD release on June 7, 2016 and containing the following films: Le 20 heures dans les camps (1993, 26″) Casque Blue (1995, 26″) Un maire au Kosovo (2000, 27″) Additional materials and details: Slon...

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...

Chris Marker Level Five English DVD Booklet by Christophe Chazalon

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Chris Marker: In Search of Lost Memory Christophe Chazalon, www.chrismarker.ch In February 1997, Level Five was selected to represent France at the Berlin Festival, a few days before it premiered in French theaters. Its critical success was practically unanimous. Yet for the public, it was a flop. A single reason seems to have caused its failure: visual minimalism. Level Five tells the story of Laura, a woman who must finish off a video-game on the Battle of...

Soda Pictures Releases 3 DVD Chris Marker Collection in English

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Chris Marker Collection, a 3 DVD set of Chris Marker films published to coincide with the Whitechapel exhibition currently running in London, is out! The 3 DVD collection of Chris Marker films was published June 2, 2014 by SODA Film+Art and is now available for purchase. It’s a thrilling addition to Marker’s English-language releases. Without further ado, here are the overall details on the release. Note: Soda Pictures is now Thunderbird Releasing and...

Chris Marker English DVD Box Set Coming Soon

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I do have my RSS spies out there, my Google and Talkwalker alerts, but it was a real live human being – the awesome Fenn Brown – who informed me of this Chris Marker news. To wit: a 3 DVD collection of Marker films, going back to Sunday in Peking, passing through the essential Letter to Siberia and Description of a Struggle, and finishing up with The Case of the Grinning Cat are being published by Soda Pictures in the UK (no mention on their site of...

Arte Now Offering ‘Planète Chris Marker’ DVD Collection

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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...

Lettre de Sibérie and Dimanche à Pékin Coming Soon to DVD

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As twilight passes into night on the left coast of an increasingly hysterical nation, I find somehow my browser has arrived, as if of its own volition, at amazon.fr. I had received an odd email re. a company trying to brand the word “chrismarker” and my thoughts turned toward the still very much missed bricoleur. I was wondering if someday some entity would trademark everything or if it might be a new line of perfume. A visitor had commented on...

Criterion Releases La Jetée & Sans Soleil on Blu-Ray

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As you probably know by now, swimming as we are in era of no news is new news, Chris Marker’s incomparable masterworks La Jetée and Sans Soleil have been released again, this time on Blu-Ray by Criterion. Originally paired on DVD in a French edition by Arte Video in 2003, the films came to Criterion DVD in 2007. I believe some of the extras on the Blu-Ray edition, released last week on February 7, 2012, are new, others appearing already on the earlier release...

Singing the Motherland

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The release of Chris Marker’s heartfelt, heartbreaking film about Tarkovsky (“le maître” as he once confided), One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich [55 min./2009], is welcome news for both Marker and Tarkovsky fans—who tend to overlap, for reasons that are worth pondering. The film is accompanied by two other films hand-picked by Marker, Three Songs About Motherland by Marina Goldovskaya [39 min./ 2009] and In the Dark by Sergey...

Chris Marker’s Gifts to Patricio Guzmán

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With the recent release of Patricio Guzmán’s epic documentary The Battle of Chile on DVD, a moving tale has come to light: of solidarity among filmmakers; of Marker’s focus on giving without need of thanks; of this nearly inexpressible thank you coming nonetheless years later in a revelatory interview; of collaboration and friendship; and of the redistribution of the means of reproduction that made the impossible film possible. In the ongoing list of...

Icarus Releases, Wexner Debuts Grin Without a Cat DVD

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Icarus Releases Grin Without a Cat A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is Chris Marker’s epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60’s and 70’s: Vietnam, Bolivia, May ’68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left. Released in France in 1978, restored and “re-actualized” by Marker fifteen years later (after the fall of the Soviet Union), we are proud to release the film now for the first time in the United States. Described by...

A.K. Blu-ray

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According to blu-ray.com: The Criterion Collection has announced that they will bring Akira Kurosawa’s Ran to Blu-ray on May 12th. Previously released as a two-disc DVD set, this Blu-ray disc is expected to include all the special features on a single disc. Technical specs have yet to be confirmed, but you can expect a 1.85:1 1080p AVC video presentation with some sort of lossless/uncompressed audio track. Expected extras for this release include: New...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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