Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory


MoMA To Save and Project Joli Mai


New York’s Museum of Modern Art will show restored versions of both Loin de Vietnam and—wonderful news indeed—the incomparable Le Joli mai, in their upcoming To Save and Project international film preservation festival, which showcases re-releases of recently restored cinematic masterpieces. Le Joli mai (1962) Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme, 1963, 163 min.) will screen Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., while Loin de Vietnam will screen...

Sandor Krasna’s Photostream


Thanks to Tyler Beaman for pointing us to this growing archive of Chris Marker aka Sandor Krasna photography. No stranger to new media, Marker’s pseudonymous forays into social media sites are atypical not only of his generation, but several following ones. An artist of many media, an Eye with many names, a being of “unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen,” out of or beyond time yet always keenly in the present, he retains his inimitable interest in the...

Icarus Releases, Wexner Debuts Grin Without a Cat DVD

Grin Without a Cat

Icarus Releases Grin Without a Cat A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is Chris Marker’s epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60’s and 70’s: Vietnam, Bolivia, May ’68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.Released in France in 1978, restored and “re-actualized” by Marker fifteen years later (after the fall of the Soviet Union), we are proud to release the film now for the first time in the United States.Described by...

A propos de l’a propos


“Monkeys have evolved. The censors? That remains to be seen.” Chris Marker “Entia non sunt multiplicanda sine necessitate.” William of Ockham A “pièce d’occasion” by Chris Marker entitled A propos du clip «Stress» has appeared on the horizon, or more specifically on the site, to which Marker’s alter ego Guillaume has been a frequent contributor. It concerns a so-called “clip” by the enigmatic...

The Morning After


Chris Marker roves the international press after the victory of US President-elect Barack Obama and presents us with this celebratory Animoto video on YouTube. Here is evidence of the global import of this moment in history. This press coverage, tracked with the tenacity of a grandmaster archivist, represents, in a sense, the public face of a deep joy that erupted worldwide.

Guillaume Sends a Message


What else do you lack to make it right, But cats down under the stars tonight?– Jerry Garcia Well, quickly on the heels (or paws) of Colin Powell, un certain chat qui s’appelle Guillaume – the infamous ironist and stylish dresser (here sporting the T in OG style) – has weighed in on the upcoming election in the disunited, dysfunctional states of america, where hope springs eternal but empire can’t last forever. His brand spanking new t...

Touché Times


Dennis Lim, “Chris Marker’s Obsessions,” Special to the LA Times, August 31, 2008. This piece belies its intriguing title by presenting a very factual and summary account of official Icarus releases of The Last Bolchevik, Remembrance of Things to Come, The Case of the Grinning Cat and The Sixth Side of the Pentagon / The Embassy. These releases had been available exclusively from the Wexner Center for the Arts, and have now entered the main...

Description of a Struggle | Description of a Memory


On August 9, 2008 at 11:30am at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley, Chris Marker’s 1960 essay film / documentary about Israel, Description of a Struggle, will be screened as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It is being shown in conjunction with an homage documentary entitled Description of a Memory directed by Dan Geva. Quoted descriptions for both from the SFJFF website are below. Thanks to Adrian Chan of Gravity 7 for the heads-up. Description of a...

Loin de Vietnam: Filmnotes @ PFA


Far from Vietnam Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda (France, 1967). Rarely shown in its entirety, Far from Vietnam is a unique collaboration by seven noted directors that, incredibly, looks like a unified work. Much of the credit for this goes to Chris Marker, who put it all together. But there was also a team spirit created by the situation in Vietnam that led the artists to want to speak out...

Le Fond de l’air est rouge — ARTE Trailer


Here is the Bande Annonce produced by ARTE for Chris Marker’s Le Fond de l’air est rouge. Enjoy. Comment « regarder » Le fond de l’air est rouge aujourd’hui ? Comment « regarder » Le fond de l’air est rouge aujourd’hui ? Comment les jeunes spectateurs peuvent-ils comprendre, ressentir un tel film ? 35 ans après sa première sortie… 45 ans après une bonne part des événements qui y sont relatés ? Ce qui caractérise sans doute le...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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