Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Robert Kramer, Point de départ / Starting Place

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Robert Kramer tribute to Chris Marker - citation - memory

“I wonder how people used to remember when they didn’t take pictures.” Take a look at the Marker-inspired Robert Kramer film, Point de départ, from 1993. “One day or other all these films that I’m making will make up a single long film, a story that is always developing.”Robert Kramer Starting Place | Point de DépartDirected by Robert KramerFrance 1993, 35mm, color, 83 min.English, French, and Vietnamese with English subtitlesIn...

Chris Marker, Never Explain, Never Complain @ DOXA

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There is a new film out entitled Chris Marker, Never Explain, Never Complain, by Jean-Marie Barbe & Arnaud Lambert. The film is to be shown as part of the 2017 DOXA Festival called “French, French” taking place 4-14 Mai 2017 at the Cinémathèque in Vancouver, BC, and will move to theh Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley after that (not sure of dates yet). For the news and the PDF of the DOXA press booklet I am grateful to Christine van Assche. The...

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...

Hommage à Chris Marker, la fabrique documentaire

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Hommage à Chris Marker 4/6 – "Marker photographe" from la fabrique documentaire on Vimeo.

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You Only Live Twice Set at La Jetée’s Orly Airport

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You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death and Transition By Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolboom Coach House, 152 pages, $14.95 On the day of French director Chris Marker’s death, two movie artists meet at the Orly Airport. It’s a place of professional interest, since Marker, a favourite New Wave cineaste, set a pivotal scene in his 1962 film, La Jetée, here. The film involves time travel such that in this particular scene the protagonist witnesses his own death, and so for trans...

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...

Johan van der Keuken on Free Composition

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An excellent article on Johan van der Keuken’s The White Castle has been published on sabzian.be. The author is Gerard-Jan Claes, and the article In Search of the White Castle. Claes writes: Rather than talking about film as a language, van der Keuken understands it as a condition, an état or a state of being, as something which defies easy definition and which can rather be approached in terms of becoming and movement. It’s a space of experience, a way of...

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...

Wunderkammer

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The essayist’s aesthetic is that of the collector, or the ‘amateur’ in an archaic sense: such works seem destined for the writerly equivalent of the Wunderkammer – the essayist thrives on miscellanea. Except to say: the discrete essay may itself be an omnium-gatherum; there’s no duty to thematic unity, and because the notion that the essay is necessarily a short text is just a convenient rule easily broken, none to concision either: in his Anatomy of...

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...

Duncan Campbell – Essay Film Homage to Marker & Resnais Wins 2014 Turner Prize

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From the New York Times, 1 December 2014: Inspired by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’s 1953 film, “Statues Also Die,” which was shown alongside “It for Others,” Mr. Campbell mixed images of African artifacts, consumer items and a dance work by the British choreographer Michael Clark in which the performers trace words and equations from Marx’s “Das Kapital” with their bodies. Mr. Campbell’s film, like “Statues Also Die,” tackles cultural imperialism: the...

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...

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...

Eclipse

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Thus, every self-portrait (unlike autobiography which even when it resorts to a myth such as that of the four ages, is limited to an individual’s memory and to the places where he lived) ceases to be essentially individual except, of course, in a purely anecdotal sense. The writing machine, the system of places, the figures used – everything in it tends towards generalization, whereas the intra-textual memory, that is, the system of cross-references...

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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