Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Les Statues meurent aussi: Filmnotes @ PFA


Last Updated on December 15, 2020 by bricoleur

Marker & Alain Resnais Direct: Statues Also Die (Les Statues Meurent Aussi)

African mask from film Les Statues meurent aussi by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker

“This is a profoundly humanistic study of African art and its decline under colonialism, introducing two themes that have remained central in Marker's work-the belief that all great human societies represent a victory over adversity and posit a view of man as potential ‘master of the world'; and the belief that such mastery is only possible if man is at one with the natural world. Marker believes that art should seek to ‘guarantee' this harmony, as early African art does, rather than reflect its loss. This deeply felt film was banned by the censors as an attack on French colonialism, finally appearing ten years later in a truncated version.”
John Wakeman, World Film Directors

A film by Chris Marker, Alain Resnais. (1953, 21 mins, In French with written English synopsis, B&W, 16mm, Print from Cinémathèque Quebeçoise)


Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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