[NetBehaviour] Adieu Chris Marker

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 31 12:45:57 CEST 2012

Hi Fung-Lin,

Just found 'Sans Soleil' (1983) directed by Chris Marker - on Youtube - 
saw it originally a while back now. It seems even better now :-)

"The title is from the song cycle Sunless by Modest Mussorgsky. Sans 
Soleil is a meditation on the nature of human memory, showing the 
inability to recall the context and nuances of memory and how, as a 
result, the perception of personal and global histories are affected.

Stretching the genre of documentary, this experimental essay-film is a 
composition of thoughts, images and scenes, mainly from Japan and 
Guinea-Bissau, "two extreme poles of survival". Some other scenes were 
filmed in Iceland, Paris, and San Francisco. A female narrator reads 
from letters supposedly sent to her by the (fictitious) cameraman Sandor 

Sans Soleil is often labeled as a documentary, travelogue, or 
essay-film. Despite the film's modest use of fictional content, it 
should not be confused as a mock-documentary; the fictitious content 
works as a device to assist meaning in the film which, along with its 
occasionally nondescript movement among locations and lack of 
character-based narrative, is derived from the juxtaposition of 
narrative and image."


wishing you well.


> Adieu Chris Marker. He was 92 years old.
> http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2012/07/30/adieu-chris-marker/ <http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2012/07/30/adieu-chris-marker/>
> " Marker’s creative use of sound, images and text in his poetic, 
> political and philosophical documentaries made him one of the most 
> inventive of film-makers.
> Marker’s interests lay in transitional societies – “life in the 
> process of becoming history,” as he put it. How do various cultures 
> perceive and sustain themselves and each other in the increasingly 
> intermingled modern world?"
> Recently I saw a documentary by Chris Marker on Akira Kurosawa Making 
> of "Ran" .. It was excellent.. now you can it on youtube.
> Fung Lin
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