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2013 restoration Marker and Lhomme present an important capture of Paris 1962 by revealing the common man in a rare moment of peace; his worries; his prejudices; his hopes; his quest for happiness. Marker's subjects are most often fascinating as are the questions he asks steering the conversation but never dominating it. Modern documentarists would be well to study this one.
Wow. What an explosive, energetic doc. How Marker comes up with his questions, which seem to come from the top of his head, all very improvised, I'll never understand. Just so wonderfully done. I was drawn in and I never had the chance to let go. I am now on a quest to watch all of his films. Also... the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The film's interviews on capital, class, and convictions still resonates. It's thesis: in a post-war World, where external conflict is no longer viable (or in vogue), we must instead be governed by self-inflicted prisons. The sequences really hit home, particularly a tire mechanic painting in oils, and a discussion on obsolescence violently punctuated by funny cat videos. I guess some things remain prescient.
An energetic documentary weaves a portrait of Paris, the nerve center of French consciousness, at a moment of historical inflation— tied up like a balloon, beautiful, hovering, vulnerable, stressed. The film's thematic "twist," provided in the concluding narration, give a thorn for the viewer to pick at, and I found it a really special film.
Chris Marker is so fucking weird. Though his narration often veers into the kind of tautological nonsense you expect from fortune-tellers, I could watch a new one of these every week. I'll settle for what's here: these just stunning, celebratory images that are sometimes otherworldly, but always uniquely his.
"Cheerful title notwithstanding, Marker and Lhomme’s film is in many respects a harsh view of the new Paris, France, and civilized Europe. What's astonishing about the movie, even today, is the joie de vivre, cinematic and otherwise, with which it levels its critique." - J. Hoberman, Blouin ArtInfo
These days, my heart bleeds for Paris--I found this gem of a movie heartbreaking. The 21 year old couple--him just days away from being posted to Algeria--her, ravishing--masterfully interviewed and SO scarily unaware of anything but the immediacy & power of their own emotions.