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Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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The Owl’s Legacy — Quick Reference

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A long time ago, we received a bundle of texts from the computer scientist and CM researcher DK: an online trove, practically a Passagenwerk for the preparation of Marker's work on Greece. It was and has remained a collection of quotes and notes that went into the organization of the vast investigation of the cultural, mythological, and philological legacy of Greece that comprises Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy / L'Héritage de la chouette. It is unlikely to have...

From the Tower: Spiral Time, Blanchot, Algeria and Elephants

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We scratch the surface of the recent secondary literature on Chris Marker, finding means of better getting at insightful articles, in this case using Zotero to build a mini bibliography of articles that are no doubt behind pay walls of various sorts. This is the tower referred to in the title: it once was ivory, now it bears the logos of Visa and MasterCard, Discover and American Express, Paypal and Square, the warfare of fintech to leave many out of the...

The Binocular-Glasses of La Jetée

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The remarkable, intimidating glasses of Marker's chez-d'oeuvre La Jetée — which added so much nuance to the terror-ridden environment of the memory experiment — have been unearthed recently by the Cinémathèque française, and presented in a post by Hervé Pichard. The glasses were a gift to the Cinémathèque from the daughter of Pierre Joffroy. Joffroy played the chief torturer-experimenter, and, as a collector, was responsible for other props as well, such as the...

Odds & Ends

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Some Chris Marker news, video and views that have come to light of late... These include the republication of Marker's masterful 1959 book Coréennes; a trailer from the Centre Pompidou's 2013 retrospective, featuring a parade of elephants; and finally, a stunning collection of photographs of the Cinémathèque française 2018 Chris Marker Exhibition design — giving a sense of the visitor experience via photos of the spatial design, signage and viewing spaces.

Hillary Radner & Alistair Fox publish Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image

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Raymond Bellour, while one of the most influential early theorists of cinema and the moving image, remains less well known among contemporary film scholars than he should be, even though he has exerted a formative influence on the field at large. One reason for this neglect is that his work is scattered across a myriad of essays published in French, the majority of which have not been translated into English.

Nadine Bolkovac Reviews Chris Darke’s La Jetée

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The Archive, Darke relates, homes two treasures: the film’s twin – an alternative version of La Jetée – and a workbook ‘containing an editing plan and a collection of correspondence between Marker and Jacques Ledoux, the former director of the Film Archive’ (13), both of which served as principal displays in Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat, the Whitechapel Gallery installation that Darke co-curated in London with Christine van Assche and Magnus Af Petersens...

Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

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Happy Holidays.

"Although the use of drawings, photographs, or other still images within a film became more common with the films of Jean-Luc Godard in the mid-1960s, the use of animated techniques was still rather rare for this period. Chris Marker’s use of animation techniques was therefore rather unique for an art film of this time. The lack of discussion of animation within Marker’s works, then, is a curious omission."

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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