September 13-15 & 17, 2012, at the Egyptian Theatre
The films of Chris Marker (July 29, 1921 - July 29, 2012) are a travelogue of pure mystery, where his beloved cats and owls materialize to remind us just how far we have to go and how much we have to remember. His favorite medium was the cinema essay: a series of impressions, snapshots and postcards from distant lands, linked together by Marker’s enigmatic voice. Marker was in love with memory, with its melancholy beauty, and his films are heroic, perhaps doomed attempts to trace memory’s power on our lives. As Marker has said, "I claim, for the image, the humility and the powers of a madeleine."
Marker himself was even more elusive than his work, a quicksilver character in a world of Klieg lights. He was born in the suburbs of Paris (although he occasionally claimed his birthplace was “Outer Mongolia”). A journalist, travel writer and photographer before he took up filmmaking, Marker consistently refused interviews and rarely appeared in photographs. His earliest films were made in collaboration with Alain Resnais, who shared Marker’s preoccupation with time and memory; and while Marker’s career parallels the French New Wave, his films have always been too singular to be easily grouped with Godard, Truffaut and his other peers.
Join us for a tribute to avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker, a four-night program including LA JETEE, SANS SOLEIL, THE LAST BOLSHEVIK, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME and shorts program A Chris Marker Bestiary.
Series compiled by Adam Hyman and Gwen Deglise.