27.8.12

The Lost Futures of Chris Marker

A career retrospective by J. Hoberman (NYRB)
A still from Chris Marker's La Jetée (1962)
J. Hoberman (New York Review of Books) on the work of French filmmaker Chris Marker: 'At once unsentimentally au courant and fixated on that past, Marker was the Janus of world cinema. His unclassifiable documentaries treat memory as the stuff of science fiction, a notion he shared with his early associate Alain Resnais. Hardly a Luddite, Marker thrived on technological paradox. A half-hour succession of still images evoking motion pictures as time travel, La Jetée could have been made for Eadweard Muybridge’s nineteenth-century zoopraxiscope.' [Read More]

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