Chris Marker

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Born July 29, 1921(1921-07-29)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Died July 29, 2012(2012-07-29) (aged 91)
Paris, France
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Chris Marker (born Christian Hippolyte François Georges Bouche-Villeneuve) was a French writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist. His best known films are La jetée (1962), A Grin Without a Cat (1977), Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), an essay film on the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Marker is often associated with the Left Bank Cinema movement that occurred in the late 1950s and included such other filmmakers as Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, Henri Colpi and Armand Gatti.

His friend and sometime collaborator Alain Resnais has called him "the prototype of the twenty-first-century man." Film theorist Roy Armes has said of him: "Marker is unclassifiable because he is unique...The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one true essayist: Chris Marker."

Films[edit]

(directed films; in French unless noted otherwise)

Series
Feature-length films
  • Olympia 52, 1952.
  • Lettre de Sibérie [Letter From Siberia], 1957.
  • Le Joli mai, with Pierre Lhomme, 1962.
  • Cinétracts, with Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, silent, 1968.
  • La bataille des dix millions, 1970.
  • Le train en marche, 1971.
  • La Solitude du chanteur de fond, 1974.
  • L'Ambassade, 1975.
  • Le fond de l’air est rouge [Grin Without a Cat], 1977. (link to a version with EN audio & EN subs), Part 2
  • Sans soleil, 1982.
  • A.K, 1984.
  • L'Héritage de la chouette, 1989.
  • Le tombeau d’Alexandre, 1992. [1]
  • Level five, 1996.
Short films
  • Les Statues meurent aussi [Statues Also Die], with Alain Resnais, 1953, 30 min. (link to a version with EN subs)
  • Dimanche à Pékin, 1956.
  • Description d’un combat, 1960.
  • Cuba si!, 1961.
  • La Jetée, 1962.
  • Le Mystère Koumiko, 1965.
  • Si j'avais 4 dromadaires, 1966, 49 min.
  • A bientôt, j’espère, with Mario Marret, 1967.
  • La Sixième face du pentagone, with François Reichenbach, 1968.
  • Le Deuxième procès d’Artur London, 1969.
  • Jour de tournage, 1969.
  • On vous parle du Brésil, 1969.
  • Carlos Marighela, 1970.
  • Les Mots ont un sens, 1970.
  • Vive la baleine, with Mario Ruspoli, 1972.
  • On vous parle du Chili, 1973.
  • Puisqu’on vous dit que c’est possible, 1973.
  • Junkopia, with John Chapman and Frank Simeone, 1981.
  • 2084, 1984. (link to a version with EN subs)
  • Une journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch, 1999.
  • Le Souvenir d'un avenir [Remembrance of Things to Come], with Yannick Bellon, 2001, 42 min. (with ES subs)
  • Chats perchés, 2004.
Other
Commentaires 1-2. Log.

Writings, publications[edit]

  • Coréennes, Paris: Seuil, 1959. (French)
    • Coréennes, Seoul: Noonbit, 2008. (Korean)
    • Coréennes, trans. Brian Holmes, Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts, 2009, 31 pp, HTML. (English)
  • Commentaires 1, Paris: Seuil, 1961. Transcripts of six films by Marker: Les statues meurent aussi (1953), Dimanche à Pékin (1955), Lettre de Sibérie (1957), L'Amérique rêvée (1959), Description d'un combat (1960) and Cuba Si! (1961). (French)
  • Commentaires 2, Paris: Seuil, 1967. Transcripts of three films by Marker: Le mystère Koumiko (1965), Soy Mexico [an unfilmed project] (1965), and Si j’avais quatre dromedaires (1966). (French)
  • Silent Movie, ed. Ann Bremner, Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts/Ohio State University, 1995, 40 pp. Catalogue for the installation. (English)

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