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Chris Marker Collection
This DVD collection of Chris Marker films consists of three works that pre-date La Jetée, the featurette that firmly planted his name as a filmmaker, as well as a series of seven shorter films that span each decade of his career thereafter. These remarkable curios reveal much about him, his ideas and his visuality, as well as his take on the modern world from an artistic point-of-view - from China, Siberia and Israel in the 1950s to the Pentagon, art collectives, cheshire cats, haikus and early new media.
BD - Sunday In Peking / Letter To Siberia (around 80 mins in total)
DVD1 - Sunday In Peking / Letter From Siberia / Description Of A Struggle (around 134 mins)
DVD2 - La Sixieme Face De Pentagone / L'Ambassade / Theorie Des Ensembles / Trois Videos Haikus / Casque Bleu / E-clip-se / Chat Perches (around 154 mins)
Spec Aspect ratio: 4:3 / BD running time: 80 mins approx / DVD1 running time: 134 mins approx / DVD2 running time: 154 mins approx / Colour / PAL / French with English subtitles
Chris Marker Collection, avalaible from LUX Shop, £24.99
From the DVD booklet with writings by Chris Darke:
Rediscovering Chris Marker
Libération: Cinema, photo-novels, CD-ROMs, video- installations – is there any medium you haven’t tried?
Chris Marker: Yes, gouache.
So runs the opening exchange in a rare interview Chris Marker gave to the French newspaper Libération in March 2002. The interview was occasioned by the DVD release of La Jetée (The Pier, 1962) and Sans soleil (Sunless, 1982), a haunting black-and-white time-travel fable and a dazzling free-form travelogue respectively, which together remain Marker’s best known films. By 2002, it was evidently no longer enough to describe Marker simply as a ‘filmmaker’; cinema was merely one of the forms into which this prolific artist had channelled his protean creativity. When Marker died in July 2012, aged 91, he left behind an utterly singular body of work. From his first appearance in print as an author in 1946 to his final film, a 60-second ‘trailer’ for the 2012 Vienna film festival, his oeuvre spanned over 65 years and was remarkable in its scope. He designed and edited books, published journalism and essays, as well as a novel and short stories. As a visual artist, he was an accomplished photographer, cartoonist, and multimedia practitioner. But he remains best remembered as a filmmaker, with more than forty-five titles to his name and over thirty more as a commentary-writer or editor. Chris Darke, April 2014
Chris Darke is a writer and film critic. He co-curated the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat.