Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

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Chris Marker Raindeer animation stop motion

Happy Holidays.

"Although the use of drawings, photographs, or other still images within a film became more common with the films of Jean-Luc Godard in the mid-1960s, the use of animated techniques was still rather rare for this period. Chris Marker’s use of animation techniques was therefore rather unique for an art film of this time. The lack of discussion of animation within Marker’s works, then, is a curious omission."

Chris Marker’s Owl’s Legacy Coming to DVD in English Version

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The Owl's Legacy DVD cover

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...

Greek-Subtitled Heritage of the Owl Taken Down

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The Daughter's Owl

I received a note that left the fog of regret and irony lingering in the back of my mind these last weeks… Chris Marker’s epic 13 part television series L’ Héritage de la chouette / The Owl’s Legacy (1989) was translated recently into a version with Greek subtitles and posted to YouTube. So far so good – all assembled (and recently released on DVD), together they become a beautiful kind of living curriculum about ancient Greece, gathering experts from there and in...

Bamchade Pourvali, Qui êtes vous Chris Marker ?

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Qui êtes-vous Chris Marker ? Conférence de Bamchade Pourvali from La Cinémathèque française on Vimeo. Bamchade Pourvali is a Chris Marker scholar and the author of Chris Marker. Paris: Cahiers du Cinéma, 2003. He has also published: Pourvali, Bamchade. “Chris Marker, cinéaste inclassable.” Théorème 6. Recherches sur Chris Marker Ed. Philippe Dubois. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2006, 111-117. Interview on Chris Marker with Bamchade Pourvali...

No Complaints, More Explanations on Chris Marker: Never Explain, Never Complain

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Marker on the monitors

CHRIS MARKER, NEVER EXPLAIN, NEVER COMPLAIN UN FILM DOCUMENTAIRE DE JEAN-MARIE BARBE ET ARNAUD LAMBERT :: The French film about Chris Marker, realized in 2016, has been released on DVD (docnet.fr), in docnet films’ “Collection Lumière de Notre Temps” series. It will be shown, among other venues, at the Cinémathèque française during their comprehensive exhibtion–retrospective Chris Marker: Les 7 vies d’un cinéaste, opening in May. The auteurs will present the film...

The Eloquent No of Chris Marker

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Letter from Chris Marker to Paul Chan Direct link to YouTube video: www.youtube.com In October of 2010, I emailed Chris to ask him if he was interested in taking part in a special issue of eflux journal that the art critic Sven Lütticken and I were editing. The issue focused on whether contemporary art had or had not addressed the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, the US and elsewhere, and how these largely nationalistic, homophobic and xenophobic movements...

Cuba Si! by Chris Marker (1961)

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Cuba Si!, Chris Marker’s 1961 film about the late Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution, was produced by Pierre Braunberger and banned in France. It contains much original footage of Castro speaking, and is one of a handful of films not available, to my knowledge, on DVD. It is rarely shown and was not considered by Marker himself as part of his oeuvre that he wished to have projected. He talked about his early films as ‘sketches’ of what was to...

Three Cheers for the Whale

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Over the next two decades, Chris and I spoke on the phone periodically and I attended several of his rare public presentations. In 2007, Jon Miller, president of our mutual distributor Icarus Films, contacted me to see if I would be willing to assist Chris in the making of a new English version of his 1972 film “Vive la Baleine”, a passionate, collage-based essay film on the plight of the whales. Of course, I was honored and immediately said yes. For one whole...

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

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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...

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich by Chris Marker

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Chris Marker writes what is reproduced below in extreme modesty, given the depth of his film: its astute insights into Tarkovsky’s film language & signature motifs, its palpable emotional presence that embues the intimate family scenes, his empathetic camera and commentary. He is not an outsider here; he is family too in Tarkovsky’s largesse as Marker captures a home movie of the reunion of Andrei Arsenevich’s family after five years of...

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...

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