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Daily Viewing. Agnès Varda in Chris Marker's Atelier

Varda probes a friend's private workspace.
David Hudson

How fortunate we are that Agnès Varda is so curious (to be sure, a polite word for nosy), at least as curious (and nosy) as we are. In her new documentary, Agnès de ci de là Varda, airing this evening on arte, Chris Marker allows her to turn a camera on him (though he prefers to shield himself behind a larger-than-life-size Guillaume), record his voice (off camera) and explore his private workspace. Via Chris Marker: Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory, where the blind librarian writes: "Here is an endless sprawl of creation out of the personal archive, the living space of the magnetic bible continuously remembering itself. Here the traces of travel, of nomadic photo- and cinematography — come to some sort of slow-spiraling gravitational orbit in the artist’s loft, a kind of ground zero of the mnemonic."

Related viewing (7'44"): Chris Marker par Agnès Varda (Rencontres d'Arles).

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