Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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It was a Strange Thing by Chris Marker

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It was a strange thing. A small box of metal with irregularly rounded corners, with a rectangular opening in the middle and in front of it a tiny lens, the size of a euro. We had to slip a piece of film – real film, with perforations – that was pressed by a rubber wheel, and by turning a button connected to the roulette, the film was unrolled one by one. Actually, each image represented a different scene, so that it seemed more like a slideshow than...

Philippe Dubois, “La Jetée de Chris Marker ou le cinématogramme de la conscience”

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I’m seaching still for the full text of this presentation, published in Théorème 6: Recherches sur Chris Marker (Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2002), and whose table of contents were published here a while back. Hopefully it might be available still somewhere, as it contains a great selection of texts on Marker. An excerpt follows, and then a link to the presentation (no embed code was available). “La Jetée” de Chris Marker ou le...

Chris Darke Publishes La Jetée

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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...

William Gibson on La Jetée

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From: ‘Thrilling and prophetic’: why film-maker Chris Marker’s radical images influenced so many artists – theguardian.com William Gibson, novelist I first saw La Jetée in a film history course at the University of British Columbia, in the early 1970s. I imagine that I would have read about it earlier, in passing, in works about science fiction cinema, but I doubt I had much sense of what it might be. And indeed, nothing I had read or seen...

The Aural Zone

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Echo Chamber: Listening to La Jetée by criterioncollection I’ve always been fascinated with the soundtrack of La Jetée, and indeed the enigmatic, complex soundtracks Chris Marker crafted throughout his long career. Here’s a short video essay to be found in YouTube’s ‘criterioncollection’ channel that delves into this aspect with insightful detail. The film was written & narrated by Michael Koresky, produced & edited by...

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...

Scenes from La Salle

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As a visual addendum to the recent Beaubourg + Second Life screening of La Jetée, organized by Les Films du Jeudi, we present some images Laurence Braunberger sent along, for which we are grateful. The cinema and the screening room for the event (and we hope of course that it is the beginning of a series) were constructed by Max Moswitzer aka MosMax Hax and the bar La Jetée (based on the famous Tokyo watering hole as seen, among other places, in Wenders’...

Les Films du Jeudi Screens La Jetée in Second Life

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Though we missed the party, we did want to let you know about a unique event organized by Les Films du Jeudi, who on the 5th of November held a screening of Chris Marker’s La Jétee simultaneously at the Centre Pompidou and within Second Life. Marker’s film, whose fame has grown by leaps and bounds worldwide since its 1962 release (one need only search for the title on Twitter to see the many tweets in myriad languages that reference the always-fresh...

La Jetée: Academy One by J.G. Ballard

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This strange and poetic film, a fusion of science fiction, psychological fable and photo-montage, creates in its unique way a series of bizarre images of the inner landscapes of time. Apart from a brief three-second sequence—a young woman’s hesitant smile, a moment of extraordinary poignancy, like a fragment of a child’s dream—the thirty-minute film is composed entirely of still photographs. Yet this succession of disconnected images is a perfect means...

2058 at the Tate

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Strange days have found us. The Tate Modern has published an article from the future (about a current exhibit) called “TH.2058” by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster,* dated October 2058. We like the choice of films and novels offered to the soaked inhabitants of this London to come. We are reminded even of a haunting song: “Lost Rivers of London,” by the late great COIL. In any case, here is an excerpt: A giant screen shows a strange film, which...

Cinéaste du je{u}

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By the good graces of M. Bookmite, we have received scans of an article that emerged around the time of the release of Immemory in the journal artpress. So here we offer a first on the site—a pdf. No big deal, really, but perhaps the beginning of an archive within an archive, built the way bees would build—hexagonally. We’ll see. In any case, we offer you Louis-José Lestocart, “CHRIS MARKER cinéaste du je et de la vérité / Truth, First...

Discoveries

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We received a thoughtful note from Don Livoni @ fogblog regarding his recent discovery of Chris Marker. Crafting a haunting film from stills is a discovery that evidently can be made without prior knowledge of La Jetée. It’s a bit like Leibniz and Newton, albeit with a time “differential,” if you like ;). While Mr. Livoni’s films (for example, “Rosie’s Girls” and “DNYK Dreamer”) evoke La Jetée by the skillful...

Criterion Releases Guillaume-Approved DVD

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GUILLAUME-APPROVED EDITION New, restored high-definition digital transfers, approved by director Chris Marker New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock’s...

time travel

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“Vingt ans séparent La Jetée de Sans Soleil. Et encore vingt ans jusqu’à présent. Dans ces conditions, parler au nom de celui qui a fait ces films, ce n’est pas une interview, c’est du spiritisme.” – Chris Marker [Samuel Douhaire, Annick Rivoiore, “Rare Marker,” Libération 5 mars 2003] Related posts: Time Travel Specialist By Chris Marker Criterion Releases Guillaume-Approved DVD 80:81 Chris Marker in Conversation...

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