Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Vertiginous Hauntings: The Ghosts of Vertigo Published

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While the initial reception of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) was unspectacular, it made its presence felt in a host of other films–from Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (1983) to Brian De Palma’s Obsession (1976), and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (1999). What seemed to have eluded the critics at the time is that Vertigo is a film about being haunted: by illusive images, turbulent emotions, motion and memory, the sound and feeling of falling into the past, into a...

Sans Soleil Blu-Ray DVD Coming Soon

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Here are the main details of the film, due to be released in February 2021. The packaging is beautiful, as are the iconic photograms selected for the cover, the typography, the extras—in short, everything speaks to a labor of love. To be sure, the great essay film Sans Soleil deserves this love, this work, and this edition. It is especially exciting for Marker fans to have access to the long out-of-print book Le Dépays, which Marker published in 1982, along with...

December Seeds

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"When our dreams are intersected we are one. The amateur and as required by the movie itself, Chris Marker. While we were searching for December's language, the wizard loped and stepped into Utopia." December Seeds is a disorienting, convulsive audio-visual dive into street violence and guerilla filmmaking, It also happens to have several things to do with Chris Marker. He is evoked, an imaginary film of his is conjured up amidst the anti-narrative, and he may have...

The Heat of 1000 Suns

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In celebration of the collective hope that many felt today as we came to learn that our nefarious, narcissistic, lying and self-absorbed President was finally to be sent packing, I worked on a page that assembles 50  posts at a time, with another 50  upon refresh, using the superpowers of Elementor, the rising star in WordPress page builders. So please navigate to All Posts and you may find something of interest that has previously eluded you, as there are many...

The Owl’s Legacy — Quick Reference

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A long time ago, we received a bundle of texts from the computer scientist and CM researcher DK: an online trove, practically a Passagenwerk for the preparation of Marker's work on Greece. It was and has remained a collection of quotes and notes that went into the organization of the vast investigation of the cultural, mythological, and philological legacy of Greece that comprises Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy / L'Héritage de la chouette. It is unlikely to have...

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

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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 Western culture – and how many eras have reinterpreted the...

Cinémathèque française Unveils Encyclopedic Chris Marker Retrospective Program

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Dans les Salles | Films, Rencontres, Conférences, Spectacles Du 3 au 27 Mai 2018 Source: Exposition Chris Marker, les 7 vies d'un cinéaste – La Cinémathèque française SÉANCE D'OUVERTURE Ambassade (L') Chris Marker / France / 1975 CM Je 3 mai 20h00Jetée (La) Chris Marker / France / 1962 CM Je 3 mai 20h00Statues meurent aussi (Les) Alain Resnais, Chris Marker / France / 1953 CM Je 3 mai 20h00 LES FILMS Amérique insolite (L') François Reichenbach / France / 1958 Lu 21...

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

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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...

Si j’avais quatre dromadaires Coming to DVD + Publications Galore

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One of the films that always seemed to escape the great anthologies that we do have, in French and in English, was always Si j’avais quatre dromedaires (1966). The film is summarized as “a succession of 800 still images taken in 26 countries between 1955 and 1965, from Tokyo to Havanna, in passing through Peking, Moscow, Stockholm, Rome and Paris… commented by Chris Marker and his friends in voice-off.” [« Une succession de 800 images fixes prises dans 26 pays...

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...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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