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 stream, if not the mainstream.
It seems like every time La Jetée is mentioned in the press, it is regarded chiefly as the inspiration for 12 Monkeys. In 100 years, long before the future accessed in La Jetée, no one will remember the latter, and the former will be played on goggles while you’re teleporting to work.
As far as obsessions go, they are barely touched on in this piece of lightweight journalism. I wish the reporter had been more obsessed himself, or at least chosen a different title. But as the Germans say, na ja, which sure beats the California-ism “it’s all good.” It ain’t all good, and Marker knows it as clearly as anyone thinking, scribbling and creating today.
Guillaume has become his spokesperson for this die-hard unwillingness to let things slide, and Marker the model of finding ever new means and media as outlets for expression (political cartoons, Second Life mini-worlds, multi-dimensional installations, photographs that look people right in the eye, YouTube channels – you name it). Marker’s obsessions are alive and well, but not stagnant or stale, ever. They are like miniature mobile armies of truth, small stabs that bring down giants, just as La Jetée is a half-hour movie that can outshine 3 hour epics in its sleep.