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Exclusive: Great New Video Essay Surveys Five Chris Marker Films Now Streaming from Sundance

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 20, 2014 at 4:56PM

Then are still ten days left in May, which means there are still ten days left in SundanceNOW's Doc Club retrospective of the films of Chris Marker. And in celebration, they've put together a great new video essay that shines a light on the famously elusive director, who was fascinated by memory, existence, cinema -- and cats.
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Chris Marker
Chris Marker

Then are still ten days left in May, which means there are still ten days left in the SundanceNOW Doc Club retrospective of the films of Chris Marker. And in celebration, they've put together a great new video essay that shines a light on the famously elusive director, who was fascinated by memory, existence, cinema -- and cats. Watch below.

Handpicked by renowned TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers, here's the streaming lineup for May's "Chris Marker and His Legacy" series, which includes several enticing online debuts:

  • "Sixth Side of the Pentagon" (1967)
  • "Chris Marker’s Bestiary" (1994) -- ONLINE DEBUT
  • "One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich" (1999) -- ONLINE DEBUT
  • "Remembrance of Things to Come" (2001)
  • "The Case of the Grinning Cat" (2004)

SundanceNOW will also stream a selection of films inspired by Marker's work: "To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter" (2013) by director Emiko Omori, Jem Cohen's wonderful "Museum Hours" (2012) and "Description of a Memory" (2012) from Dan Geva.

Of course, the films will still be available to Doc Club subscribers after Chris Marker month concludes. And next up? June, which is Agnes Varda month.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.