Chris Marker Blow Up – ARTE

Posted by ARTE, this is an insightful and quick-witted introduction to Chris Marker, the man, the filmmaker and the phenomenon. It goes quickly like Marker’s films, so is definitely worth watching several times. “Einmal ist keinmal,” as Benjamin said.

Blow Up is a series of videos produced by ARTE covering a diverse set of topics, with an emphasis on films & filmmakers, but also musicians and other cultural happenings & reminiscences. The full list of shows to date can be found at www.arte.tv/fr.

There is much to enjoy, from the Velvet Underground to the masterful Antonioni film from which the series derives its name. I would even venture to say these videos, with their ‘essayistic’ approach, are prime examples of the caméra stylo predicted by Astruc and embraced/adopted by Marker.

Note: if you’re having trouble with the video feed, try again a bit later. Also please note this is in French. I’ll work on transcribing & translating to add to the post.