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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...

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...

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...

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...

Chris Marker et la photographie

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What: Journée d’étude | Day of Study Title: Chris Marker et la photographie | Chris Marker and Photography Who: Vincent Jacques, avec la participation de | with the participation of: Philippe Bazin Christa Blümlinger Pierre Gaudin Vincent Jacques François Niney Bamchade Pourvali When: samedi 28 mai 2016 | Saturday May 28th, 2016 – Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Salle Vasari | 2, rue Vivienne – 75002 Paris Additional...

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...

Fonds Chris Marker – 550 Grands Cartons chez Cinémathèque française

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Pleased to see a web presence for the estate of Chris Marker at the Cinémathèque française: www.cinematheque.fr. Here is the current communication available, discussing the reception of 550 large boxes from the Marker’s personal estate, the sum total of his books, harddrives, memorabilia, computers, press clippings, keepsakes from uncountable years of travel. What followed and still follows is an inventory of all these materials. This article represents a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Icarus, Arte and Argos Release Four Chris Marker Films on iTunes

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The last few years have seen a growing availability of Chris Marker’s films, initially via pirate uploads to YouTube and an underground culture in subtitles, Criterion’s essential pairing of La Jetée and Sans Soleil, then online at streaming sites like MUBI, followed more recently by the great coffret of Planète Marker by Arte (to complement the Pompidou exhibition & retrospective). Other French DVD releases were unveiled, such as the remastered Le...

Etienne Sandrin & Catherine Belkhodja to Perform Chris Marker’s Le Dépays

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Lecteurs : Etienne Sandrin, Catherine Belkhodja Musique Live : Rainier Lericolais – Piano : David Sanson Texte et photos : Chris Marker 10 Avr. 2014 : 20h | Grand auditorium, Collège des Bernardins Disparu l’été dernier à 91 ans, Chris Marker demeure une figure majeure de la modernité depuis les années cinquante. Dans son œuvre immense, il y a, outre maints films marquants (La Jetée, Sans Soleil, Level five, Chats Perchés) des pièces multimédias, des...

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...

Planète Marker Coming to Centre Pompidou

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About Raymond Bellour The introduction to Chris Marker for the Planète Marker exhibition & film screenings opening on October 16th at the Centre Pompidou, reprinted below, bears the signature of Raymond Bellour—in my opinion the greatest commentator on Marker, and certainly among the most innovative film theorists of our time. Bellour is the co-author, with Laurent Roth, of the excellent book Qu’est-ce qu’une Madeleine?: A propos du CD-ROM Immemory...

MIT List Visual Arts Center Presents Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte

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PRESS RELEASE | Contact: Mark Linga, Public Relations Officer, 617-452-3586 mlinga [at] mit.edu Hayden, Reference, Bakalar Galleries October 18, 2013-January 5, 2014 September 2013 (Cambridge, MA)—The MIT List Visual Arts Center presents Chris Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte, a survey exhibition of the work of renowned filmmaker and artist Chris Marker (1921-2012). The exhibition is presented concurrently at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (October 18, 2013...

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