Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Pierre Lhomme

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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...

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 pay wall, 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...

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...

Los Angeles Film Forum Screens À bientôt, j’espère

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A day late and a dollar short. But SLON is an elephant and has a long memory. Sorry we missed this. Sorry you missed this. If you didn’t miss it, let us know what you thought. Reprinted from: lafilmforum.org Tonight’s films will include: A Bientot J’espere (Be Seeing You) (1968, 43 min) A Film by Mario Marret and Chris Marker In the spring of 1967, workers at the massive Rhodiaceta textile mill in Besançon, France, walked off the job. It was no ordinary...

Chris Marker’s Gifts to Patricio Guzmán

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With the recent release of Patricio Guzmán’s epic documentary The Battle of Chile on DVD, a moving tale has come to light: of solidarity among filmmakers; of Marker’s focus on giving without need of thanks; of this nearly inexpressible thank you coming nonetheless years later in a revelatory interview; of collaboration and friendship; and of the redistribution of the means of reproduction that made the impossible film possible. In the ongoing list of...

MoMA To Save and Project Joli Mai

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New York’s Museum of Modern Art will show restored versions of both Loin de Vietnam and—wonderful news indeed—the incomparable Le Joli mai, in their upcoming To Save and Project international film preservation festival, which showcases re-releases of recently restored cinematic masterpieces. Le Joli mai (1962) Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme, 1963, 163 min.) will screen Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., while Loin de Vietnam will screen...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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