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486 Ratings

The Embassy


Directed by Chris Marker
France, 1973
Drama, Short


The Embassy shows political dissidents seeking refuge in a foreign embassy after a military coup d’état in an unidentified country. Over the next few days, more and more people fleeing the military assault-teachers, students, intellectuals, artists, and politicians-arrive at the embassy.

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The Embassy Directed by Chris Marker

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  • Edwin Culp's rating of the film The Embassy

    Brilliant documentary construction of a fictional event, imagined from very plausible and realistic situations. A voiceover narrates the situation of several characters we don't really know much about from the pure images. Marker makes a creative and political use of typical 70s TV-documentary tools, to reflect on the spirit of a Cold War period as seen from the West.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Embassy

    Relatively minor work by Chris Marker, only 21 minutes, is a fictional documentary, but it reminded me of a lot of real life stuff, and in a subtle way, evokes much feeling.

  • Inês Silva's rating of the film The Embassy

    With the off voice, the connection between visual content and textual message instantly loses the meaning we are used to have with some recent movies.I compare it to abstract art,where the subtile is a guide through the work. In this short-film, we are confronted to one reality,known by the audience because it was previously given. With no clues of what reality is being shown in the movie,Marker gives us a non-place.

  • PolarisDiB's rating of the film The Embassy

    Utterly depressing 'found footage' narrative of a circle of resistance fighters watching as a fascist coup takes over their country. A lot more subtle Marker spins on the narrative as to temporal and political concerns (basically, Soylent Green is people level reveal), but breathtakingly honest about its intentions. --PolarisDiB

  • chicajomles's rating of the film The Embassy

    [In my country peasants say that Distress is a black bear you have to chase away by laughing and shouting before he comes putting its paw on you and you can't move.] Dealing with left politics failure in a spectral reality, a fictitious embassy emerges: a no-country. Blurring the faces and the city contours to create a political allegory based on Allende overthrown, Marker camera is a thought weapon.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film The Embassy

    With a grainy filmstock matching the fleeting moments of reflection by those under dictatorial pogrom, Marker's 'Mekas-like' (as pointed out by another reviewer) topography of political resistance becomes a formal exercise filled with diverse historical content in spite its Paris setting. The gaze of freedom is coupled to insights about the bankruptcy of political ideals and of the problem of a new legitimacy.

  • Trinankur Banerjee's rating of the film The Embassy

    Master Chris's usual exploits. Stands singularly on voice-over, the tone is drab like Mekas, but Marker infuses with the poetry of the mundane like always. Close-ups help the film generate the required affect in terms of image, and here you have a modernist cine-nouvelle, a Moravia, probably.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Embassy

    On pense évidemment au Chili et à la prise du pouvoir du général Pinochet, alors que, bien sûr, la situation filmée est adaptable à n'importe quel pays en situation de conflit armé. D'ailleurs les derniers plans donnent une dimension plutôt inquiétante, dans une sphère d'anticipation prémonitoire, au court métrage, qui révèle le vrai lieu de la tragédie...

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