Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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2058 at the Tate

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Strange days have found us. The Tate Modern has published an article from the future (about a current exhibit) called “TH.2058” by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster,* dated October 2058. We like the choice of films and novels offered to the soaked inhabitants of this London to come. We are reminded even of a haunting song: “Lost Rivers of London,” by the late great COIL. In any case, here is an excerpt: A giant screen shows a strange film, which...

Cinéaste du je{u}

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By the good graces of M. Bookmite, we have received scans of an article that emerged around the time of the release of Immemory in the journal artpress. So here we offer a first on the site—a pdf. No big deal, really, but perhaps the beginning of an archive within an archive, built the way bees would build—hexagonally. We’ll see. In any case, we offer you Louis-José Lestocart, “CHRIS MARKER cinéaste du je et de la vérité / Truth, First...

Discoveries

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We received a thoughtful note from Don Livoni @ fogblog regarding his recent discovery of Chris Marker. Crafting a haunting film from stills is a discovery that evidently can be made without prior knowledge of La Jetée. It’s a bit like Leibniz and Newton, albeit with a time “differential,” if you like ;). While Mr. Livoni’s films (for example, “Rosie’s Girls” and “DNYK Dreamer”) evoke La Jetée by the skillful...

Criterion Releases Guillaume-Approved DVD

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GUILLAUME-APPROVED EDITION New, restored high-definition digital transfers, approved by director Chris Marker New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock’s...

Time Travel

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“Vingt ans séparent La Jetée de Sans Soleil. Et encore vingt ans jusqu’à présent. Dans ces conditions, parler au nom de celui qui a fait ces films, ce n’est pas une interview, c’est du spiritisme.”Chris Marker [Samuel Douhaire, Annick Rivoiore, “Rare Marker,” Libération 5 mars 2003] “Here I was born… and here I died.” “He remembered another film in which this passage was quoted. The sequoia was the one in the...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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