Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory


L’essai : vues d’Allemagne, la fabrique documentaire


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...

André Bazin on Chris Marker (1958)


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...

The Panoptic Exodus


“He always said that even the best actor knows that the camera is pointed at him, and that the spontaneity, the innocence, the beauty of expression on a face cannot be truly captured except when the person is not conscious of being photographed.” Peter Blum on Chris Marker First off, there’s the lingering taste of an assumption that borders on what once was called by the dialecticians of enlightenment the ‘jargon of authenticity.’ The...

The Crisis of Cognition by Rainer J. Hanshe


We have just re-published Rainer J. Hanshe’s article, “The Crisis of Cognition: On Memory & Perception in Chris Marker’s The Hollow Men.” It is available here (as a page rather than a post). We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Hanshe. The essay truly provides a wealth of inspired reflections, and it is an honor to be able to present this in-depth treatment of a more or less unknown and very recent work of Chris...

Yale Art Gallery Announces “Screencasts” Series


We received this note from Bryne Rasmussen: I am very excited about this upcoming series, Screencasts, here at YUAG this fall. I thought fellow readers of your blog might like to know too. “The Face is A Politics: On Chris Marker’s ‘Staring Back'” Part of “Screencasts: Cinema as Medium in Contemporary Art” Thu Oct 30 2008 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel St. at York Street Vered Maimon, Northeastern...

Einmal ist keinmal


repetition & difference :: spiral time :: the eternal return   P. K. Dick In Pursuit of VALIS Walter Benjamin liked the phrase einmal ist keinmal. Literally: one time is no times. Looser: once is not enough, or once is never. Let the subliminal rise to the surface of consciousness by grazing again through the text, the stream, the grain, and then again against the grain to feel the furrows of the patterns not picked up the first time. Viewing a film...

We are there, yet cut off…


Marker is far less impressed by the camera’s neutrality or its ability to record things whole. He loves imagery, but does not trust it. His essential influences – Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov – are filmmakers who explored montage (or editing) as a stimulus to argument. Pictures come to life if we are looking, thinking, testing; they demand definition, not just awed witness. Above all, Mr. Marker sees that imagery has become a chief resort of our...

Palimpsest City


Ließe nicht ein passionierender Film sich aus dem Stadtplan von Paris gewinnen? aus der Entwicklung seiner verschiedenen Gestalten in zeitlicher Abfolge? aus der Verdichtung einer jahrhundertelangen Bewegung von Straßen, Boulevards, Passagen, Plätzen im Zeitraum einer halben Stunde? Und was anderes tut der Flaneur? Couldn’t an exciting film be made from the map of Paris? From the unfolding of its various aspects in temporal succession? From the compression of...

Schreiben Bilder Sprechen


“Schon Alexandre Astrucs Vision von der Caméra-Stylo liegt der Gadanke zugrunde, Bilder schreiben zu können.” – Christa Blümlinger Schreiben Bilder Sprechen: Texte zum essayistischen Film Hrsg. Christa Blümlinger und Constantin Wulff Wein: Sonderzahl, 1992 CONTENTS: I. Versuch als Form Christa Blümlinger: Zwischen den Bilder/Lesen Birgit Kämper: Sans Soleil – “ein Film erinnert sich selbst” Raymond Bellour: Zwischen Sehen und...



“Il y a une énergie propre aux mots et une énergie propre aux images. Si vous les mêlez, elles se dévorent l’une l’autre, elles s’annulent.” Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories II [37] “Sur les deux faces temporelles, l’essai travaille en regard de l’absence, dans le souvenir ou l’anticipation de la perte.” Jean Starobinski Related posts: Le Souvenir d’un avenir Le Fond de l’air est rouge —...

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