Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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CHRIS MARKER – The Cinémathèque Catalog

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Publisher: Cinémathèque française, 2018ISBN: 978-2-330-01569-5 Direction d’ouvrage: Raymond Bellour, Jean-Michel Frodon et Christine Van AsscheEn collaboration avec Florence Tissot Editeur: David Lestringant Table of Contents Chronologie Florence Tissot Introduction Raymond Bellour, Jean-Michel Frodon et Christine Van Assche I – Ouverture Florence Delay — L’invention de Marker II — Guerre, après-guerre Jean Michel Frodon — 1939-1946, fragments...

Le Coeur net + The Forthright Spirit

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Le Coeur Net by Chris Marker Thanks to John H. for the gift of this PDF scan of the French original of Marker’s early novel Le Coeur net, published  in 1950 when Marker was 29 or so. We append to it the English translation from the following year. Chris Marker, Le Coeur Net, Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1950. Préface de Jean Cayrol. Chris Marker, The Forthright Spirit, trans. Robert Kee and Terence Kilmartin, London: Allan Wingate, 1951. Here’s how it...

Cross My Heart by Chris Marker

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Wooden Cross & Iron Path Translation © Sophie Kovel, 2017 Original: “Croix de bois et chemin de fer,” Esprit, (Jan. 1951), 88-90. At Ploen (Schles-wig-Holstein) I ride the Kiel train. The Baltic rain transports lavender, as everyone knows, and just enough melancholy to make souls conquerors. Die Haare, die Haare, sind grau von Baltikum. He is there, in my compartment, the conqueror. He’s the conductor. He belongs to this generation, almost...

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...

Letter to Alain Cuny by Chris Marker – Exhilaration

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Here is the English translation of the recently unearthed ‘Lettre à Alain’, originally published in Libération to highlight the 1991 debut of the film L’Annonce faite à Marie, under the title “Chris Marker: ‘Something of a Miracle’, with the sub-title ‘In 1991, for the release of the first projections of L’Annonce faite à Marie [The Announcement Made to Marie], Chris Marker wrote to the ‘young’ filmmaker...

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...

Chris Marker Coréennes – English Text

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Is there no one to keep the moon from disappearing, to tie the morning sun beneath the horizon? Then I would live one more day. (Story of Sim Chon) Due to the out of print status of the English translation of Chris Marker’s Coréennes, I have scanned my copy to make this text available to English readers. The photographs from the original French and, subsequently, Korean editions were recently on display at Peter Blum’s Gallery in New York. For those who...

Rare Chris Marker Post-War Memory Published

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I just published a text sent by Chris Darke, who has seen to its translation and encouraged its publication here, for which I am profoundly grateful. The text is one Marker wrote at the request of Jean-Jacques Birgé, answering the question Images gravitate around music. Which has marked you the most? You can find the text as An Image Just Appeared by Chris Marker. The text shows the remarkable blend of keen memory, eye for emblematic images, and historical...

Clicquez ici at Claire de Rouen Books

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Cliquez ici – an illustrated journey through the pages of Chris Marker Claire de Rouen Books, First Floor 125 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H OEW Friday 30 May, 6-9pm Chris Darke will talk on the significance of the book format for the French filmmaker’s methodology. He’ll look especially at Petite Planète, the series of travel books that Marker edited from the 1950s to the early 1960s. Featuring: the printed page, sound, projection, still and...

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...

Bouquin Rare + Kashima Paradise

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Here is a photograph, slightly (mis)treated, of a hard to find 1951 edition of Chris Marker’s The Forthright Spirit, published by Allan Wingate Ltd., London. A man came across this book at an antique book fair in Dublin ‘about 8 years ago.’ He has done his homework and is now cognizent of the rarity of the book. He wrote me an email expressing his desire to sell it. If anyone is interested, please let me know via the contact form. For me, I was...

Farewell’s Arrival

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This small book arrived yesterday in the post. Just like film, snail mail still has its charms. The book was much more petite than I had expected: something you could put in the back pocket of your jeans while you rode the metro around, pulling it out to accompany an espresso once in a while, to keep up your mental and adrenal stamina, or to attract other Marker otaku. It’s another little addition to the archive of Markeriana, a rather precious one at that. I...

Letter to the Minister

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Thanks to Lucien Bookmite for providing the original material for this translation of a letter from François Truffaut to the Minister of Information Alain Peyrefitte regarding the potential censorship of Chris Marker’s film Le Joli mai in the Spring of 1963. Honestly, we found this piece of history too interesting to leave buried in a comment. If you like, please consult the French original and comment thread. To Alain Peyrefitte, Paris, 25 april 1963 Sir...

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