Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory


The Second Life of Chris Marker


Presented below is the official press release distributed by The Harvard Film Archive for its upcoming film series and live event. You can also view the program at the HFA site. THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER MAY 9 – MAY 16, 2009 CAMBRIDGE, MA: The Harvard Film Archive is thrilled to host a virtual event with legendary filmmaker Chris Marker titled THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER, on May 16. The event, which will take place in the...

Cactus Land


WHAT IS “CACTUS LAND” IF NOT BARBED WIRE?– Chris Marker Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men, 72. THIS IS CACTUS LAND Owls at noon, night birds in the day, things, objects, images that don’t belong, and yet are there. Leaflets, postcards, stamps, graffiti, forgotten photographs, frames stolen from the continuous and senseless flow of TV stuff (what I’d call the Duchamp syndrome: once I’ve spotted 1/50th of a second that escaped...

Immemory Re-released by Exact Change


Exact Change* has re-released Chris Marker’s CD-ROM Immemory for OS X. This is great news, as the earlier versions (both the French original and the port by Exact Change to English) were unplayable on “modern” Macs and thereby stuck in kind a technological cul-de-sac, languishing. (The background to this lies, at least in part, in the history of Marker’s beloved multimedia authoring tool Hyperstudio, but that’s another story). It...

Manette Gallery writes from Portland


Greetings, hoping this finds you well! September 25-28, from 7 to about 11pm The Works of Chris Marker Fourteen or fifteen films will be screened here in our cozy gallery (about 4 hours each night), books and other materials will also be here to look at- also the Immemory CD-ROM will be accessible thorough a kiosk. With a career spanning five decades, French filmmaker Chris Marker has defined “subjectivist documentary”. The Wikipedia link is here:...

Manette Gallery writes from Portland…


We received this nice & informative note from the breathtaking Manette Gallery in Portland regarding their Chris Marker exhibition/installation coming up in July 2008: We hope our humble gallery will be a good nook in which to enjoy these works. The walls will have various stills to look at, I have several books about CM guests can look at, a vintage powerbook 5300 kiosk with headphones running the Immemory CD-ROM, and at least a dozen films shown throughout...

Immemory Review Quotes


Chris Marker has a brilliant mind and heart and appetite for life, and it’s a privilege to travel with him to whatever he chooses to remember and to evoke. He is one of cinema’s all time greats – the most important reflective or non-narrative filmmaker after Dziga Vertov.Susan Sontag Immemory is a contribution to the ars memoriae that, once experienced, will prove difficult to forget. Yet because of its multiple paths, its forking, hypertextual...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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