Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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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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My great references, my teachers: Raymond Bellour and Michel Beaujour, who gave me the keys to the Castle. If we must finally find one word to describe what Odenbach makes, let us use ‘self-portrait’—as literary tradition conceived it, as it has been redefined by a certain auteur cinéma, and as today’s video permits in a clearer, more natural way. The self-portrait is this idiosyncratic literary genre whose logic has been described, and genealogy...

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...

1962 Before and After

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On the question of retrospectives and his choice not to participate in or promote the projection of works preceding the year 1962 (Joli Mai and La Jetée), Chris Marker writes: Quand à mes propres films, je n’ai pas envie d’en dire grand’chose. Depuis longtemps je limite le choix des programmes qu’on a la bonté de me consacrer aux travaux d’après 1962, année du Joli mai et de La jetée, et comme cette préhistoire inclut des titres...

Chris Marker Commentaires : English Translation Coming

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I’m not sure of the publisher or publication date, but I learned today via the following essay of this project, which is a joy to contemplate. More as more is revealed, bien sûr, and heartfelt congratulations to Sergey Levchin, yet another longtime Chris Marker fan emerging with an essential project. Scanned copies of the out-of-print originals are available at the end of the post for download. Levchin’s article on the translation project was published...

Monika’s Text Photo – Le Coeur net

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Extract from Chris Marker, Le Coeur net, Paris, Ed. du Seuil, 1950, posted to Facebook by Marker aficionado Monika Dac. Thanks Monika! Rough translation… –It’s a little myth of my own… Look, you for example, you still belong to a world without limits, one that is more or less the world of childhood. Your words, your acts, everything comes out of you and dissipates. You can think as you choose, dream of whatever experience, imagine whatever...

Chris Marker Level Five English DVD Booklet by Christophe Chazalon

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Chris Marker: In Search of Lost Memory Christophe Chazalon, www.chrismarker.ch In February 1997, Level Five was selected to represent France at the Berlin Festival, a few days before it premiered in French theaters. Its critical success was practically unanimous. Yet for the public, it was a flop. A single reason seems to have caused its failure: visual minimalism. Level Five tells the story of Laura, a woman who must finish off a video-game on the Battle of...

Duncan Campbell – Essay Film Homage to Marker & Resnais Wins 2014 Turner Prize

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From the New York Times, 1 December 2014: Inspired by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’s 1953 film, “Statues Also Die,” which was shown alongside “It for Others,” Mr. Campbell mixed images of African artifacts, consumer items and a dance work by the British choreographer Michael Clark in which the performers trace words and equations from Marx’s “Das Kapital” with their bodies. Mr. Campbell’s film, like “Statues Also Die,” tackles cultural imperialism: the...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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