Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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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...

Arte Releases Chris Marker’s TRILOGIE DES BALKANS DVD

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La Trilogie des Balkans — Le 20 Heures dans les camps | Casque Bleu | Un Maire au Kosovo In an email from April 26th, Sabrina Bendali of Arte France writes of the upcoming release of three Chris Marker films that have been put together into a “Balkan Trilogy.”  The overall title of the DVD is La trilogie des Balkans, set for DVD release on June 7, 2016 and containing the following films: Le 20 heures dans les camps (1993, 26″)Casque Blue...

Si j’avais quatre dromadaires

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Composed entirely of still photographs shot by Marker himself over the course of his restless travel through twenty-six countries, If I Had Four Dromedaries stages a probing, at times agitated, search for the meanings of the photographic image.MUBI Avec ses quatre dromadaires Don Pedro d'Alfaroubeira Courut le monde et I'admira II fit ce que je voudrais faire Si j'avais quatre dromadaires. Apollinaire Marker Littéraire: Quoting & Naming La culture de Marker est...

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 concernant l'URSS, la Chine et Cuba...

Afrique 50 by René Vautier

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René Vautier was a part of Chris Marker's Groupe Medvedkine and a famous/infamous director whose film Afrique 50 prefigured in some ways Marker and Resnais' Les Statues meurent aussi, and offered a convex mirror in other ways to the work of Jean Rouch. Vautier just passed away. This film was banned for many years, many of its reels held by customs and Vautier even sentenced to a year of prison for violations against the state for its depiction of colonialism. I...

Icarus, Arte and Argos Release Four Chris Marker Films on iTunes

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The last few years have seen a growing availability of Chris Marker's films, initially via pirate uploads to YouTube and an underground culture in subtitles, Criterion's essential pairing of La Jetée and Sans Soleil, then online at streaming sites like MUBI, followed more recently by the great coffret of Planète Marker by Arte (to complement the Pompidou exhibition & retrospective). Other French DVD releases were unveiled, such as the remastered Le Joli Mai (Arte...

Entering History

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Quand les hommes sont morts, ils entrent dans l’histoire. Quand les statues sont mortes, elles entrent dans l’art. Cette botanique de la mort, c’est ce que nous appelons la culture.Les Statues meurent aussi I'd like to thank Christophe Crison for alerting me to this rare footage of the young Alain Resnais – whose death two days ago is still sending out shockwaves – and (a glimpse of) Chris Marker, recently published at www.ina.fr. The footage was shot...

Pierre Lhomme & Le Joli mai

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Pierre Lhomme discusses the origins, awards, and remastering of Le Joli mai (1963) with Chris Marker. He calls attention, during the remastering process, of Chris Marker's sense that the film would be difficult if not impossible to decipher by today's youth – that they may not comprehend that the moment of the film was directly related to, as Lhomme puts it, “the end of French colonialism.” Thanks to japanese forms for letting us know about a recent...

Trevor Stark Engages Marker & Militant Cinema

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In the recent Winter 2012 issue of October, Trevor Stark has published an impressive essay entitled “‘Cinema in the Hands of the People': Chris Marker, the Medvedkine Group, and the Potential of Militant Film.” Thankfully not put behind a paywall, the article is available for download from mitpressjournals.org. Stark takes a comprehensive look back at the rencontres of filmmakers and striking workers under the name Groupe Medvedkine, situating...

Plato’s Cave as Kino: Owl’s Legacy Excerpt & Becoming Imperceptible

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The blog Found Objects notes the current availability of a clip from Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy: An extract from Chris Marker's TV series on the culture of ancient Greece, The Owl's Legacy, featuring contributions from Iannis Xenakis, George Steiner, Cornelius Castoriadis and Elia Kazan. Recently unearthed from obscurity as part of the Otolith Group's room at Tate Britain for the Turner Prize. As the Otolith Group write in their accompanying artist book, this...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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