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
While it may be difficult to relate at times to Marker’s worldly discursive beyond the abstract - too lucid to qualify as ethereal, too grounded to otherwise achieve transcendence - Sans soleil, like Welles’ F for Fake, can just as well be seen as a personal meditation on Marker’s own cinematic worldview: his undying wanderlust in pursuit of culture, history, landscape and indeed, humanity, with its vagrant textures and observations hereby encapsulated. Curiosity, it seems, did not kill the cat entirely.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Marker, documentarian, film essayist, and one of the most creative filmmakers in cinema.
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
Really just a breathtaking image collage. I think that the two most appropriate adjectives for Marker’s films are breathtaking and surreal. It has the political appeal of a Situationist film, and… read review