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  1. Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Love the ‘non-objectivity’ sequence in the middle of the film, where the same footage is played twice -once against a monologue endorsing communism, and again against a monologue condemning it. Enflaming images with words.

  2. Gioele's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Ho un debole per la tundra

  3. Gisèle Kérosène's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

  4. fane2808's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    "Culture is what is left when everybody has gone home", says the narrator while on screen are shown "abandoned" buildings in the forrest - this summarises the film and the gap sometimes between the chirpy narration, unexpected animation or colourful music and images that run on screen. The traditional way of life captured on film looks even more remote than the frozen mammoths referenced. Interesting, though quirky.

  5. EdieEmm's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    3.75 - Marker's willingness to problematize his pursuit (“objectivity isn’t the answer either. It may not distort Siberian realities, but it does isolate them long enough to be appraised and, consequently, distorts them all the same.”) keeps this film relevant, even if its conclusions are sometimes pat (“our irony may be more naive than their enthusiasm”), & its whimsy sometimes lumbering. Some real moments of grace.

  6. zoerose's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    A symphony of the great north, Marker's documentary is a Techni-colorful travelogue into a remote land, a window to distant cultures. Under Marker's lens this wasteland, the mighty Russian "mishka", reveals its people, the people of the Arctic, bi-racial, multicultural but with one shared dream; to bring the mammoth into the sunlight, alive. "Her name is Siberia. After that it's straight ahead".

  7. Hockley Cinema's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    The patented Marker wit and irony are here, the Leftist leaning, all fascinatingly portrayed in epistolary narration.

  8. FISCHER's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Une finesse et un style incomparables, une marque de fabrique de la maison Marker, qui de film en film nous séduisent, avec bonheur, durablement... www.cinefiches.com

  9. Hugh Denton's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    For 1957, this is a quixotic and quietly extraordinary personal recasting of the idea of documentary. 2 years before Marker's cinematographer here, Sacha Vierny shot Hiroshima Mon Amour for Alain Resnais, his landscapes and social observational footage is frequently made humorously ludicrous by Marker's editing and voiceover script. For Music? Prokofiev, Delerue, Shostakovich, Alfred E Neuman .. Ha!

  10. captainfez's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Reindeer: the product of the future.

  11. Elizabeth Glass's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Finally a documentary that does not pretend to be objective! Full of invention and humour, with a very personal eye and delightful cross-cultural associations. The soundtrack is also superb. Bravo les gars!

  12. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

  13. DrFirestone's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Now digitally restored, it is a treat to watch - I especially loved the colours. It is an impression, a report based on Chris Marker's recent (in 1957 that is) brief exploration of Siberia. I appreciated the distanced, light, and educated approach to the political/ideological implications. Interesting use of animation. It definitely is the beginning of Marker's unique style of film-making.

  14. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

  15. fearraigh's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Not the last time Marker would make an excellent film about the Soviet Union. Letter from Siberia is a splendidly diverse and protean work that fizzes with ideas and playfulness and undercuts the documentarian's own pretensions to objectivity and certainty. One of the great travel docs of all time.

  16. Quattro's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Quite a peculiar subject, beautifully filmed. I found its tone delightful, as well as the cute animated sections. The only problem for me was Marker himself: his ever-present commentary never leaves the subject enough space to create a connection with the viewer, and his constant irony becomes tiresome after a while. In the end, he overshadows a subject that could have been much more interesting than its narrator.

  17. panagiotatos's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

  18. Cependant's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Iakoutsk en trois points de vue, oursons et rennes domestiques.

  19. Jason's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Marker at his best (as he is here) is an artist of such commitment and vision, so utterly possessed of genius, conducting pure magic w/ verve and ease, that I truly feel like warnings should be attached to his films: beware, prospective viewer! having watched this film you will very likely come to realize that no art you are ever able to create will possess a germ of comparable worth. Bow in reverence.

  20. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    A great example for Marker's typical kind of making a a self-reflexive film/documentary by combining visuals with every possible verbal or musical commentary.

  21. tres-bien's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Certain defining themes in Marker's work emerge here. For example, Marker briefly comments on the non-objectivity of documentary filmmaking, in the context of the post-war Soviet/capitalist ideological divide. Marker has clearly come to the realization that words offer power to images, but he does not follow this line of reasoning to the extent of his later films. His experiments with animation are quite charming.

  22. tinderness's rating of the film Letter from Siberia

    Da tauchte es wohl zum ersten Mal auf, daß Marker von einer seiner Reisen einen Brief schrieb und damit einen Videoessay meinte. Auf der Reise Bilder sehen und Eindrücke sammeln, aber gleich darauf Gedanken spinnen entlang von Assoziationen, seien sie rational berechtigt oder nicht. Ein wunderbarer, erster Versuch, mit Stimme und Kamera einen Essay zu malen in einer Art, die Markers Filme so unverwechselbar machen.

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