11.26.2013

Marker

I was recruited to write descriptions for the Trylon Microcinema's Chris Marker series.

CHRIS MARKER: CITIZEN OF EVERYWHERE, CITIZEN OF NOWHERE

Once described as “the prototype of the 21st century man,” the elusive writer, photographer, and documentarian Chris Marker got his start in the 1950s as a member of France’s Left Bank Cinema. An obsession with the power of editing led to a career full of works that resist categorization, masterfully transforming images and tangents into witty historical and philosophical explorations of the 20th century.  
Mondays & Tuesdays in January at the Trylon



LE JOLI MAI

Mon Jan 06 7:00
Tue Jan 07 7:00

(1963, HD, 165m) dir Marker & Pierre Lhomme. Following a ceasefire in the Algerian War that left France without a conflict for the first time in 23 years, Chris Marker took to the streets to capture the moods of ordinary citizens. The result is one of cinema’s most revealing looks into the psyche of an entire nation.



FAR FROM VIETNAM

Mon Jan 13 7:00 9:15
Tue Jan 14 7:00 9:15

(1967, HD, 120m) Directed by a collection of French New Wave all-stars including Godard, Resnais, Varda, Claude Lelouch, William Klein, and Joris Ivens was "assembled" by Marker to protest U.S. military action in Vietnam. Interviews, documentary footage, and fictional vignettes come together to form a one-of-a-kind anthology of political activism.


TO CHRIS MARKER: AN UNSENT LETTER

Mon Jan 20 7:00 9:00
Tue Jan 21 7:00 9:00

(2012, HD, 78m) dir Emiko Omori. While Marker passed away this year at the age of 91, director Omori provides a heartfelt tribute to the reclusive artist (who never actually appears on camera). Captivating images of travel are juxtaposed with recollections from fans and friends that illuminate the mysteries, contradictions, and importance of cinema’s greatest essayist.


SANS SOLEIL

Mon Jan 27 7:00 9:00
Tue Jan 28 7:00 9:00

(1983, HD, 100m) dir Marker. “I've been around the world several times and now only banality still interests me.” A meditation on the fickle nature of time and memory, Marker’s travelogue masterpiece explores everywhere from Tokyo to Africa to the San Francisco of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.