French filmmaker Chris Marker passed away yesterday in Paris. He had turned 91 the day before.
Poet Susan Howe has written a short book — part of the forthcoming Poetry Pamphlets series that we're reintroducing in January of 2013 — about Marker called Sorting Facts, or Nineteen Ways of Looking at Chris Marker. Below is an excerpt that we're posting in Marker's memory.
The French documentary filmmaker, photographer, and traveler, Chris Marker, was a poet first. Marker’s twenty eight minute 'La Jetée', written and photographed during the early 1960s, imagines a third world war. A man, marked by an image from his childhood, travels through some intertranslational fragmented mirror memory to the original line of fracture no translation will pacify. Many pilots, men and women, survived, though they didn’t survive, collective military service during World War II. 'La Jetée' (1962) and 'Sans Soleil' (1982) are haunted by indwelling flames of spirit. In the beginning of each Marker film jet planes escape the eye of the camera. One is overhead roaring murder. We see the other being concealed under the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. 'La Jetée' is called a ciné-roman; 'Sans Soleil' a documentary.
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Rebecca Ariel Porte, in a beautiful essay written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, dicusses Susan Howe's Sorting Facts: Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, addressing Chris Marker's films, as well. Definitely worth a read — here.