Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chris Marker in 1984 / 2010 / 2084

I just saw that Artur Renzo has posted to YouTube the 10-minute masterpiece in miniature by Chris Marker made for the 1984 Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, Switzerland — 2084. Embedded below. English and Portuguese subtitles optional.


Also: one week ago The New Republic posted here a selection of recent photos taken by Chris Marker in the Paris Métro. David Thomson provides the short introduction, but the essay beneath the slideshow is clearly written (in the third-person, voilà) by Marker himself.

"When he first started the project, Chris Marker was an elderly gentleman, but still nimble and fit — so he was not often noticed. He may have been 89; he could not always remember. But he had spent most of his life one way or another underground, and he did not need a message from outer space to tell him in this strange time that the newcomers — the aliens, whatever — might be seen first underground. [...] They had a mission, and their loveliness — he thought everyone was lovely in the metro’s white light — was their purpose. It was all journey and destination."



Late update: Thanks to Bill Krohn, who just pointed out to me this "post-scriptum" to the ten-part/two-hour JLG interview from April 27th conducted by Edwy Plenel, Ludovic Lamant, and Sylvain Bourmeau for Mediapart. (All of the ten parts are embedded at the post here.) A shot — taken in JLG's work-studio, at his own prompting — of a film in-playback: an unreleased short by Godard around the painter Georges de La Tour. Footage embedded below. The accompanying text at Mediapart can be accessed here.


1 comment:

  1. Only belatedly I've seen you posted the Marker and Godard short, for which I'm grateful. I find it rather strange, though, that nobody commented anything.
    I'm astonished that Marker foresaw (even 5 years before '89!) what could happen. The film could have been shot today. Only I'm afraid most people would find more likely the 2nd "hypothèse noire"... Let's hope for our grandchildren that for 2084 the 3rd "hypothèse bleue" has more chances. In any case, it would be a good shot to show before "Film Socialisme".
    As for Godard's "Une bonne à tout faire", it has certainly not been "released", but it was shown, in very little sized-screen and high on a wall, as part of the Godard (frustrated) exhibition at the Beaubourg/Pompidou in 2006. Seems to have been shot in '79, completed in '82, maybe reworked in 2006.
    Miguel Marías


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