[NetBehaviour] Adieu Chris Marker
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jul 31 12:45:57 CEST 2012
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.
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