Chris Marker

Chris Marker – Berliner Ballade (1990)

In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the France 2 news show Envoyé spécial sent Chris Marker to East Berlin in the lead-up to the first free elections in decades. BERLINER BALLADE is the film Marker made, but the program which commissioned it never aired it in its entirety.

Marker takes us onto the streets of Berlin—showing crowds of pedestrians, sausage vendors, even people creating fake Berlin Wall souvenirs to sell. He juxtaposes these images with archival footage of the wall and its surroundings, Hitler in a triumphant motorcade, and a stark row of crosses bearing the names (when known) and date of death of those killed trying to cross over into East Germany. Read More »

Chris Marker – Casque Bleu AKA Blue Helmet (1995)

This is a 26 minute short film by Chris Marker, where he interviews and records the, “Lucid testimony of François Cremieux, blue helmet in 1994 in the pocket of Bilac,” in Bosnia-Herzogovina By referring to him as a “blue helmet” they mean that he is a UN peacekeeper. Cremieux tells the story about his experiences in Bosnia, as still photographs are injected between the interview footage. Read More »

Chris Marker – Trois Vidéos Haïkus AKA Three Video Haikus (1994)

A collection of three short ‘haiku videos’ by Chris Marker.

The first haiku, ‘Yanka / Tchaika’, shows the river Seine passing under a bridge. A bird in flight stays motionless in the air.

The second haiku, ‘Owl Gets in Your Eyes’, shows Catherine Belkhodja smoking a cigarette while a superimposed shot of an owl in flight fades in and out over her face. Read More »

Chris Marker – Chris Marker-Cornelius Castoriadis : une leçon de démocratie (1989)

This interview with Castoriadis was conducted in 1989 by famed filmmaker Chris Marker for Marker’s own television series L’héritage de la chouette (“The Owl’s Legacy”). Eighty-one minutes long, the raw footage originally recorded in French has been translated into English (via easy-to-read subtitles) and edited anonymously as a public service. Here, Castoriadis lays out and examines the contributions of ancient Greece to questions of contemporary relevance relating to democracy, politics, philosophy, art, poetry, economic and social reorganization, and the creative chaos that underlies all existence. Read More »

Chris Marker – Si j’avais quatre dromadaires AKA If I Had Four Dromedaries (1966) (HD)

Composed entirely of still photographs shot by Marker himself over the course of his restless travel through twenty-six countries, If I Had Four Dromedaries stages a probing, at times agitated, search for the meanings of the photographic image. Read More »

Pierre Kast & Chris Marker – La Brûlure de mille soleils AKA The Heat of a Thousand Suns (1965)

This ultimate masterpiece is set in the far future where a young man, bored by his surroundings, blasts off into space with only his cat and some robots for company. On a distant planet he discovers a serene, tranquil culture and falls in love with a girl. The story follows his problems adjusting to their sociological standards and customs where family units are comprised of sexual groups of eight people. Read More »

Chris Marker – Le mystère Koumiko AKA The Koumiko Mystery (1967)

A personal study of Japan at the time of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as seen through the eyes of a Japanese girl. Read More »