Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chris Marker, 1921-2012

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 5:23 AM

"There’s a wonderful French expression with no easy English equivalent, ├ęsprit de l’escalier, and it’s profoundly a writer’s dilemma: the experience of thinking of something to say after the perfect moment for saying it has passed. (The expression translates literally as 'staircase wit' or 'after wit'—the kind of witty remark that comes to mind just as one is leaving, heading down the stairs.) Marker’s artistic persona in his essay films is typically split between his identity as a spontaneous, roving cameraman or still photographer and his identity as a writer thinking and reflecting much later about what he’s shot. His essay films can be seen as waking reveries that finally enable him to join raw, primeval impressions with studied afterthoughts in an ideal sort of congruence — a marriage made in heaven, so to speak." —Jonathan Rosenbaum on the late Chris Marker's Sans Soleil

"I saw what had been my window again. I saw emerge familiar roofs and balconies, the landmarks of the walks I took through town every day, down to the cliff where I had met the children. The cat with white socks that Haroun had been considerate enough to film for me naturally found its place. And I thought, of all the prayers to time that had studded this trip the kindest was the one spoken by the woman of Gotokuji, who said simply to her cat Tora, 'Cat, wherever you are, peace be with you.' ” —Chris Marker, Sans Soleil

Tags: , , , ,


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Top Topics in
Country Life

Critics' Picks (46)

Film (42)

Theater (22)

Books (21)

Television (19)

Visual Art (16)

Classical (16)

Country Life (15)

Culture (12)

Comedy (10)

All contents © 1995-2015 CityPress Communications LLC, 210 12th Ave. S., Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of CityPress Communications LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Powered by Foundation