A collection of shorts and feature films from French director Chris Marker will screen in the following order.
“La Jetee” (1964, New Yorker, 30 min). Marker’s most famous film (and his only work of pure fiction), “La Jetee” is an agonizing cry of love to a world gone by, the story of a man drawn through time by the image of a woman standing on the jetty at Orly Airport. A candidate for one of the greatest films ever made; certainly, it’s the most romantic. In French and German with English subtitles.
“Junkopia” (1981, 6 min). This short by Marker, Frank Simone and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats in Northern California is the only film Marker made in the United States. In French with English subtitles.
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME. Info below.
A Chris Marker Bestiary: Five Chris Marker short films devoted to animals collected together and available for the first time! Includes:
“Cat Listening to Music,” (1990, 3 min). Marker fans are familiar with the cartoon representation of Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker's beloved pet cat, which has become the reclusive filmmaker's alter ego. In this charming short, Marker reveals the real-life Guillaume, stretched out lazily in the filmmaker's apartment, as he listens to the lilting rhythms of a piano sonata by Federico Mompou.
“An Owl Is An Owl” (1990, 3 min). A visit to an aviary yields a rhythmically edited series of close-ups of the rapidly rotating or intently staring feathered heads of a colorful variety of owls, accompanied by an ambient electronic soundtrack.
“Zoo Piece” (1990, 3 min). A leisurely paced montage of animals, many of them confined in cages or enclosures - including seals, kangaroos, leopards, gorillas, wolves, monkeys, ostriches and a sleeping rhinoceros.
“Bullfight in Okinawa” (1992, 4 min). Two enormous black bulls engage in a contest of brute force, egged on by their screaming handlers, as they butt heads and lock horns in an attempt to rout their opponent.
“Slon Tango” (1993, 4 min). In this astonishing, sustained shot, an elephant in the Ljubljana Zoo ambles around its enclosure, performing syncopated dance steps to the accompaniment of Igor Stravinsky's "Tango."
CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT. Info below.