Chris Marker’s 77-minute documentary that records the French film maker’s several days on location with Akira Kurosawa during the production of Ran. —www.movies.nytimes.com
“I write to you from a far-off country…”
Information regarding the early life of Chris Marker, photographer, filmmaker, videographer, poet, journalist, multimedia/installation artist, designer, and world traveler, is scarce and conflicting. The year to which his movies, videos, and multimedia projects are dated depends on which source you use, and in which country you live. Personal data is in a state of complete disarray: Derek Malcolm, writing about ¡Cuba Sí! (1961) for The Guardian, reports that Marker was born in Mongolia, of aristocratic descent. Geoff Andrew of Time Out London isn’t sure (Andrew, 146), and most sources, along with the Internet Movie Database, use the location I’ve listed above as his place of birth. Some say his father was an American soldier, others that he (Marker) was a paratrooper in the Second World War. Still others, that he comes to us from an alien planet. Or the future. Throughout his career, he has rarely been interviewed, and even more rarely… read more
Akira Kurosawa and his filmcrew battles 'Ran' from Marker's camcorder which not only documents the challenges of producing film within numerous circumstances and logistics, but elaborates on a filmmaker's personal trademarks and themes with curious enthusiasm. Allthough less essayistic than his Andrei Tarkovsky documentary, I found Marker's personal insights great filmschool material and fun to look at.
In which Chris Marker, cinema's greatest traveller, journeys back in time to the year 1560 to film feudal warriors preparing for battle.
Labelled a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Ran, consisting a mixture of insightful narration and humanist observation from Marker, and uninterrupted footage of rehearsals and shoots… read review