Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Edinburgh Festival to Screen Cinétracts

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DIVERSIONS: A FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO | 8-11 MAY 2008 | FILMHOUSE, EDINBURGH

Cinétracts (Chris Marker et al, 1968, 16mm, 20′) Made by politically committed film-makers to serve as agit-prop for the events of May ‘68, these films rely exclusively on stills rather than documentary footage, yet the sense of contrast and movement is very strong and the films very effectively make their point, they attempt to catch the spirit, rather than the fact, of the May Revolution. And although made anonymously, one can detect the hands of Godard, Marker et. al. (LUX)

DIVERSIONS is a new festival of experimental film and video organised jointly by Filmhouse cinema and the Film Studies section of the University of Edinburgh. For more information see 1968.areachicago.org.

Photograph from Chris Marker, Staring Back, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007.

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  • Exiled on the left coast of a dying empire and feeling cut off from things european, I set to wondering what LUX referred to. I found this site: http://www.lux.org.uk which had the following slightly elaborated information on Cinétracts:

    CINETRACTS
    Fra, 1968, silent, B&W, 20 mins, 16mm .
    Made by politically committed film-makers to serve as agit-prop for the events of May ’68, these films rely exclusively on stills rather than documentary footage, yet the sense of contrast and movement is very strong and the films very effectively make their point, they attempt to catch the spirit, rather than the fact, of the May Revolution. And although made anonymously, one can detect the hands of Godard, Marker et. al.This reel includes: No. 26 – Nous sommes tous des juifs allemands. No. 12 – La societe dans son ensemble doit se convertir en une gigantesque… No. 15 – Regardez les choses en face en 20 secondes. No. 5 – C’etait la nuit… No. 24 – Une nuit… No. 1 – Qu’est-ce qu’il fait?

    And, in regards to LUX itself:

    LUX is a not-for-profit limited company and charity which exists to promote and support artists’ moving image work. It also preserves and makes available the film and video collections of its predecessor organisations the Lux Centre, London Filmmakers Co-op and London Electronic Arts/London Video Access. LUX receives financial support from Arts Council England.

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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