kottke.org posts about Chris Marker

Chris Marker, RIPJul 30 2012

Chris Marker, best known as a filmmaker and for his film La jetée, has died aged 91.

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. They looked forward to what is called "the new documentary", but also looked back to the literary essay in the tradition of Michel de Montaigne. 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?

La jetée is available in its 28-minute entirety on YouTube and is well worth watching.

rating: 5.0 stars

La JeteeDec 28 2006

After getting an email from a reader last week (thx, david), I poked around a little and found the cult French film on YouTube:

Some notes on the film:

  • It was made in 1962 by Chris Marker and is only 28 minutes long.
  • La Jetée is regularly included on all-time best-of lists.
  • The film has no dialogue and is almost entirely comprised of still photography.
  • Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys was based in part on La Jetée.
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