Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Level One of Level Five

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FRANCE / 1996 / French, Japanese / Color / 35mm / 106 min

Level Five by Chris Marker

Director, Photography: Chris Marker
Music: Michel Krasna
Cast: Catherine Belkhodja
Appearances: Oshima Nagisa and others
Producers: Anatole Dauman, Françoise Widhoff
Production Companies: Les Films de l’Astrophore, Argos Films
Source: Argos Films

“This documentary uses fiction to address shared memory of the Battle of Okinawa. Laura tries to get to the most difficult stage, level 5, of the computer program left behind by her late husband. In this are revealed statements by Rev. Kinjo Shigeaki, who witnessed the mass suicide at Tokashiki Island; documentary footage of people jumping to their deaths from cliffs on Saipan Island; and the image of a soldier who lost his memory due to the Battle of Okinawa, portrayed in John Houston’s film Let There Be Light, which was banned from public viewing for thirty years.”

Thanks to www.yidff.jp for this information.

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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