Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Jean-Pierre Gorin reflects the mirror house of Sans Soleil

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From describing visits to Krazy Katovich Chris Marker's atelier to a wide-ranging, associative reflection on Sans Soleil, Jean-Pierre Gorin travels through the cuts, sequences, illusions, allusions, sign-systems, methodology, non-methodology, historical moments from Sei Shōnagon to Rousseau to the very present NOW of a baby Martian girl learning the rituals of this planet.

Sans Soleil Blu-Ray DVD Coming Soon

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Here are the main details of the film, due to be released in February 2021. The packaging is beautiful, as are the iconic photograms selected for the cover, the typography, the extras—in short, everything speaks to a labor of love. To be sure, the great essay film Sans Soleil deserves this love, this work, and this edition. It is especially exciting for Marker fans to have access to the long out-of-print book Le Dépays, which Marker published in 1982, along with...

Indecipherable

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For this encounter between thought and image, as staged throughout all films explored by these pages, also discovers particular significance via Sans Soleil. Unlike the films of this book’s earlier chapters that each emerge from a certain definitive horror – the Holocaust, Hiroshima, an atomic apocalypse – Sans Soleil marks a shift towards a more comprehensive, layered interrogation of both strangely familiar and indecipherable aspects of life that exist in...

80:81 Chris Marker in Conversation

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I’ve added a rare Chris Marker interview with Colin Maccabe to the site. You can find it under pages as 80:81 Chris Marker Speaks with Colin Maccabe. In this talk, Marker discusses his travels to Japan and Guinea-Bissau, his filming of what would become Sans Soleil, the transition of eras from Le fond de l’air est rouge to Sans Soleil, and the four language versions of the latter. We get a glimpse of the four year time-frame that encompasses the work on...

Ça fait longtemps

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Fronticepiece, Modest Mussorgsky’s Без солнца [‘Sans Soleil’], as printed in Sans Soleil original brochure, 1982 ça fait longtemps que l’on a visité le salle Roxie à San Francisco et s’est trouvé tombé sous le charme d’un film qui s’intitule simplement Sans Soleil ça fait longtemps trente ans aujourd’hui ou pas peu importe parce que la mémoire vaut mieux que le temps ça fait longtemps comme le bon vin qui chaque année...

Criterion Releases La Jetée & Sans Soleil on Blu-Ray

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As you probably know by now, swimming as we are in era of no news is new news, Chris Marker’s incomparable masterworks La Jetée and Sans Soleil have been released again, this time on Blu-Ray by Criterion. Originally paired on DVD in a French edition by Arte Video in 2003, the films came to Criterion DVD in 2007. I believe some of the extras on the Blu-Ray edition, released last week on February 7, 2012, are new, others appearing already on the earlier release...

Take Two

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We received this thoughtful reprise of the “moment of happiness” in Sans Soleil via email today: Cet été en Islande j’ai vu sur les îles vestmann une image qui m’a fait penser au premier plan de Sans Soleil. C’était un groupe de jeunes filles blondes + un petit garçon. J’ai pensé “c’est la même image”. Je viens de revisionner votre film et découvre que vous aviez tourné ce plan sur la même île, je ne me...

Krasna Detective

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Remember the borgesian-style story ‘Ate onde le sabe’ from Brazil (featuring Sandor Krasna, the dreamer)? Well, here comes another lusophonic snippet. Lead, garden path, dead end? Who cares. Alas, the smooth, sensual quality … of the Portuguese ‘nos gusta’ is lost in the translation that follows.q-significa-krasna1st message (request):> necesito saber e significado del nombre krasna lo q si se es> q es de origen checo.“I...

Untergang des Abendlandes

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New Yorker Video – Sans Soleil (VHS) We thought Chris Marker fans would like to know. Many of us learned the text of Sans Soleil forwards, backwards, and sideways—down to identifying the lone still self-portrait frame in a Tokyo television monitor – by playing the New Yorker Video release of Sans Soleil on VHS over and over (and over) again, until it was as worn out as, say, Katy Lied. New Yorker Films, the distributor that helped introduce American...

Spiral Staircase into the Zone

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It’s an off week in the waning era of imperfect memory. So in weak association to the spiral trope in Chris Marker’s vision of time, we offer you a link to spiral images on a site dedicated exclusively to . . . stairs: Justin Anthony’s www.stairporn.org/spiral_stairs/ Hotel Josef in Prague Sans Soleil Spirals He wrote me that only one film had been capable of portraying impossible memory—insane memory: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. In the...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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