As has become a mini-tradition, we would like to extend a very happy birthday to Chris Marker (a day belated).
Marker is now 90 years old and continues to intrigue and inspire, gather new interest among younger generations, and appear on the cultural radar globally—most recently with Les Rencontres d’Arles’ annual photography exhibition, the release of One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich on DVD, and the Passengers exhibition in New York at the Peter Blum Gallery.
There is so much to say, so much depth and inspiration in this life/work, that somehow the words fail to adequately express our gratitude.
So, we leave it to you, in all your languages, from all your countries… We would again appreciate it if readers could add their birthday wishes and reflections in the comments to this post!
As one of our most long-lasting correspondents just wrote us of some recognitions:
1hr Radio Essay on Chris Marker
(Bayern2 Nachtstudio, Forum Essay 2011, May 17 2011, 20.30 – 21.30) “Wenn ich vier Dromedare hätte” Porträt des Filmessayisten Chris Marker Von Ulrike Haage Podcast (54MB) [link updated 8/1/12 to site of Ulrike Haage]
Another reader says in an email entitled “almost century man”: “ANYBODY NOTICED THAT CHRIS MARKER ACTUALLY REACHED 90 TODAY?” Another commment on a previous post: “I am writing on July 29th, 2011. Chris Marker is 90 today. Bon anniversaire, and long may he live.”
What do you have to say? Feel free to use this space as a canvas of your thoughts on how Marker has touched your life.