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A Streaming Bonanza for Chris Marker Fans: "Remembrance of Things to Come" and More On the Way

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire March 21, 2014 at 4:32PM

A new video essay celebrates the late master's late work, one of several Chris Marker masterpieces making their way to streaming outlets.
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Chris Marker's "Remembrance of Things to Come"
Chris Marker's "Remembrance of Things to Come"

Fandor has added Chris Marker's "Remembrance of Things to Come" to its streaming library, and to celebrate, they've commissioned a new video essay by Kevin Lee, who gives Marker's exploration of Denis Bellon's photojournalism a three-minute remix set, very wisely, to Wire's "Reuters."


Lee's characterization of "Remembrance" as "Marker's last great work (that is, unless you’re a fan of cat videos)" will be fighting words for fans of Marker's "The Case of the Grinning Cat," but let's not quarrel, shall we? Here's Lee, from the accompanying text:

Marker's narration, voiced by Alexandra Stewart, navigates a vast collection of Denise Bellon's photographs to weave an agile and intensely observant account of the world these images depict, as well as an account of their maker's odyssey in capturing them. Bellon was a member of the French Surrealist clique, whose uninhibited embrace of unsettling images informs her own photographic adventures. Disfigured World War I veterans; West African soldiers; Tunisian brothels; an ill-fated invasion of Franco's Spain: taken together they construct a stunning vision of Europe’s grasp on the 20th-century globe tightening into a death grip.

Still more good news for Marker aficionados is that SundanceNOW's Doc Club will be focusing on Marker for the month of May, including streaming versions of "Remembrance," "The Case of the Grinning Cat," "The Sixth Side of the Pentagon," "Chris Marker's Bestiary" and "One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich." (The last, Marker's essential essay on Tarkovsky, will be making its online debut.) Their May offerings will also include three films about or inspired by Marker: Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours," Emiko Omori's "To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter," and Dan Geva's "Description of a Memory."


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