Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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December Seeds

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December Seeds

"When our dreams are intersected we are one. The amateur and as required by the movie itself, Chris Marker. While we were searching for December's language, the wizard loped and stepped into Utopia." December Seeds is a disorienting, convulsive audio-visual dive into street violence and guerilla filmmaking, It also happens to have several things to do with Chris Marker. He is evoked, an imaginary film of his is conjured up amidst the anti-narrative, and he may have...

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 is 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...

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.

Chris Marker’s Reindeer Commercial

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Chris Marker Raindeer animation stop motion

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’s Owl’s Legacy Coming to DVD in English Version

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According to amazon.com’s page on this new DVD: “This title will be released on November 13, 2018.” Below is a fantastic summary of the different ‘chapters’ of the work, as presented by Icarus Films. Directed by enigmatic and brilliant documentary essayist Chris Marker, THE OWL’S LEGACY is an intellectually agile, engaging, and sometimes biting look at ancient Greece, its influences on Western culture – and how many eras have...

Greek-Subtitled Heritage of the Owl Taken Down

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The Daughter's Owl

I received a note that left the fog of regret and irony lingering in the back of my mind these last weeks… Chris Marker’s epic 13 part television series L’ Héritage de la chouette / The Owl’s Legacy (1989) was translated recently into a version with Greek subtitles and posted to YouTube. So far so good – all assembled (and recently released on DVD), together they become a beautiful kind of living curriculum about ancient Greece, gathering experts from there and in...

Chris Marker, les 7 vies d’un cinéaste – Table ronde

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During the multi-faceted exhibition and retrospective of the work of Chris Marker presented by the Cinémathèque française, conversational events such as the one presented here were scheduled as well. In this round table with a square table, and maybe more appropriately directors’ chairs, Christine van Assche, Raymond Bellour, and Jean-Michel Frodon sit with Bernard Benoliel and Florence Tissot to discuss the seven lives of a filmmaker, Chris Marker’s...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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