Chris Darke is coming out with a new book on La Jetée and has arranged for chrismarker.org to publish the first chapter. Many thanks to Chris and to the British Film Institute! It’s an honor to get a sneak peak at this important, extremely perceptive take on Chris Marker’s most famous creation. Please click below to read the chapter. If you wish, you can order your copy at amazon.uk. Also now available at amazon.com.
La Jetée by Chris Darke, BFI Classics, Chapter One
Chris Darke Biography
Chris Darke is a writer and film critic. For over twenty years his work has been published in newspapers and magazines including: Sight and Sound, Film Comment, Cahiers du cinéma, Trafic, Frieze, Vertigo, and The Independent. He is the author of four books: Light Readings: Film Criticism and Screen Arts (2000); a monograph on Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville (2005); Cannes: Inside the World’s Premier Film Festival (with Kieron Corless, 2007); and a study of La Jetée in the BFI Film Classics series (2016). He has contributed essays to catalogues and edited collections, as well as translating texts by Raymond Bellour, Jean-Pierre Oudart, Pascal Bonitzer, and Marc Augé, among others.
He has also made short arts documentaries for British television: his 1999 film about Chris Marker’s La Jetée was included (at Guillaume’s insistence) on French, UK, and US DVD releases of La Jetée and Sans soleil. He was creative consultant on Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald) (2012), a feature-length essay-film about W. G. Sebald’s novel The Rings of Saturn. He co-curated the major exhibition Chris Marker: A Grin without a Cat at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2014, for which he also co-edited the catalogue. He is a Senior Lecturer in Film at Roehampton University, London.
Light Readings: Film Criticism and Screen Arts (London: Wallflower Press, 2000)
Alphaville: French Film Guide (London, IB Tauris, 2005)
Cannes: Inside the World’s Premier Film Festival (with Kieron Corless. London: Faber, 2007)
Chris Marker: A Grin without a Cat (co-editor with Habda Rashid. Whitechapel Gallery, 2014)
Selected essays, articles, reviews, and interviews
Review: Antonioni exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française, Film Comment, July 2015
Uneasy Listening: Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, UK, 2012), Film Comment, May-June 2013
Interview with Patricio Guzmán on Nostalgia for the Light (Chile, Spain, Germany, France, 2012), Sight & Sound, August 2012
Systems Analyst: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Adam Curtis, UK, 2011), Film Comment, July-August 2012
Interview: Adam Curtis, Film Comment, July-August 2012
Antonioni – the afterlife, Sight & Sound (online), March 2011
“Les Enfants et les Cinéphiles” The Moment of Epiphany in The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, Spain, 1973), Cinema Journal, 49, no. 2, Winter 2010, pp. 152-158.
On the Threshold: on Hunger (Steve McQueen, UK & Ireland, 2008), Criterion Collection, 2010
Three Images of May: Cinema and the Uprising, Vertigo, Vol. 3 Issue 9, Spring-Summer 2008
Review: Yella (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2007), Film Comment, May-June 2008
First Person Singular: on the essay films of Agnès Varda, Film Comment, January-February 2008
Freedom and Dirt: on Vagabond (Agnes Varda, France, 1985), Criterion Collection, 2008
Once More … into the Zone: Chris Marker Looks Back, in Wonder, Vertigo, Vol. 3 Issue 6, Summer 2007
Sweet Bird of Youth: Kes (Ken Loach, UK, 1969), Film Comment, July-August 2007
Films of Ruin and Rapture: In Search of Jean-Daniel Pollet, Film Comment, May-June 2007
Chris Marker: The Invisible Man, Film Comment, May-June 2003
Chris Marker: Eyesight, Film Comment, May-June 2003
Letter from London (on surveillance and cinema), Senses of Cinema, Issue 25, March 2003