Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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You Only Live Twice Set at La Jetée’s Orly Airport

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You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death and Transition By Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolboom Coach House, 152 pages, $14.95 On the day of French director Chris Marker’s death, two movie artists meet at the Orly Airport. It’s a place of professional interest, since Marker, a favorite New Wave cineaste, set a pivotal scene in his 1962 film, La Jetée, here. The film involves time travel such that in this particular scene the protagonist witnesses his own death, and so for trans...

Guillaume, Guillaume, Guillaume…

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Guillaume, Guillaume, Guillaume (The cat named Guillaume) Visiting Chris Marker in Second LifeKatie Rose Pipkin Guillaume iin Second Life — Katie Rose Pipkin He writes; “I’ve understood the visions. Suddenly you’re in the desert the way you are in the night; whatever is not desert no longer exists. You don’t want to believe the images that crop up.” He writes; “And when all the celebrations are over it remains only to pick up all the ornaments — all the accessories...

Pompidou Planète Marker Video Archive

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It's been a pleasure, having been unable to attend the Centre Pompidou's 2013 Chris Marker exhibition and retrospective, to witness the appearance on Daily Motion of videos of the talks that were held, as well as a skillfully edited overall / intro video that emerges us in Marker's visual world. While a longer post is in progress on the series and the practice of video archiving, I did want to present the intro video first, as a kind of teaser and work of art unto...

Johan van der Keuken on Free Composition

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An excellent article on Johan van der Keuken's The White Castle has been published on sabzian.be. The author is Gerard-Jan Claes, and the article In Search of the White Castle. Claes writes: Rather than talking about film as a language, van der Keuken understands it as a condition, an état or a state of being, as something which defies easy definition and which can rather be approached in terms of becoming and movement. It’s a space of experience, a way of standing...

William Gibson on La Jetée

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“…nothing I had read or seen had prepared me for it. Or perhaps everything had, which is essentially the same thing.” – William Gibson From: ‘Thrilling and prophetic': why film-maker Chris Marker's radical images influenced so many artists – theguardian.com William Gibson, novelist I first saw La Jetée in a film history course at the University of British Columbia, in the early 1970s. I imagine that I would have read about it...

Jim Jarmusch Met Chris Marker

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Jim Jarmusch From: truthandmovies.tumblr.com There were a lot of things that I couldn’t fit into my recent interview with Jim Jarmusch (which you can read at The Guardian). This is one of them.“I had a great chance to meet Chris Marker, once. I got to go outside of Paris, he was in a little editing room in it, I think? And this guy Anatole Dauman was a big producer, and he said ‘I pay for Chris to have this little editing room, would you like to go visit him, he...

Indecipherable

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For this encounter between thought and image, as staged throughout all films explored by these pages, also discovers particular significance via Sans Soleil. Unlike the films of this book’s earlier chapters that each emerge from a certain definitive horror – the Holocaust, Hiroshima, an atomic apocalypse – Sans Soleil marks a shift towards a more comprehensive, layered interrogation of both strangely familiar and indecipherable aspects of life that exist in...

The Unattainable Text by Raymond Bellour

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The Unattainable Text Raymond Bellour That the film is a text, in the sense in which Barthes uses the word, is obvious enough. That as such it might, or should, receive the same kind of attention as has been devoted to the literary text is also obvious. But already not quite so obvious. We shall soon see why. The text of the film is indeed an unattainable text. In saying this, despite the temptation of a play on words, I do not mean to evoke the special...

Bellour + Beaujour on the Self-Portrait

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Warranting special attention among the typical texts of the sixteenth century are those that, not classified under any recognized genre, overflow the bounds of literary art: the miscellanea and diverse and motley compilations share at least one feature: they gather fragments under more or less traditional headings. All these texts are premature products: they give the public raw or barely processed materials.

Appreciations

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Appreciations of Chris Marker Source: www.huffingtonpost.com, 2012 Chris Marker by Jean-Michel Folon, 1972 via Monika Dac “[La Jetee] was very possibly the greatest science-fiction movie yet made.” Critic Pauline Kael A political leftist free of didacticism, his works roam the world with curiosity, wit, and a poet's nose for injustice. Ty Burr, Boston.com‘s Movie Nation His sprawling and constantly evolving body of work…was at once...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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