I am heartbroken to learn that Chris Marker died today. Yesterday was his 91st birthday. He was a true film legend who was not only ahead of his time, but ours as well. Here’s a great article/obituary from Filmmaker Magazine:
And some quotes:
“I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember, we rewrite memory much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst?”
-Sans Soleil, 1983
"Chris Marker is the prototype of the 19th Century man. He managed to achieve a synthesis of all appetites and obligations without ever sacrificing any of them to the others. In fact a theory is making the rounds, and not without some grounds, that Marker could be an extra-terrestrial. He looks like a human, but perhaps he comes from the future or from another planet … There are some very bizarre clues. He is never sick or ill, he is not sensitive to cold, and he doesn’t seem to need any sleep."
-Alain Resnais on Chris Marker
"I am the cat who walks by himself, and if there is something I’m not looking for it’s recognition, be it great or small. My works have their way to go around and meet their audience, sometimes I’m amazed at the response, and to achieve that I don’t need to be locked between two covers."