Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan. –The Criterion Collection
“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
simply one of the greatest films i've touched. of course the new bowie single in 10 years comes out on bowies birthday after marker's death. i say touched cause this is unlike anything it is a collection of images to feel, not watch. sounds to grab, not listen. will watch and discover until my end.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Marker, documentarian, film essayist, and one of the most creative filmmakers in cinema.
Last year, many of us thrilled at the prospect of an issue of Image [&] Narrative featuring a "Thematic Cluster" on Chris Marker - only
una plataforma de cohetes espaciales. cada idea de marker es para lanzarte más allá de la estratosfera. cuántas veces repetí cada fragmento para comprender cada palabra del demandante texto y tratar… read review
— The picture of Sandor Krasna, traveller/cameramen, as I figured from the visual and aural fest of letters and images, interspersed by the reader’s reactions and dense motifs for each concept, is… read review