"My work is to question images".
"We exist in a world of mirrors: if we break them, we disappear at the
"It is not the literal past that rules us, it is images of the past."
..has never cared for the term documentary, because of what
..called the "trail of sanctimonious boredom that it leaves behind it,"
and contemporary observers in France were.
..quick to dissociate Marker
from what they regarded as the self-effacing and self-satisfied conventions
of mainstream documentaries, condemned .
.as "crude, stupid and closed in
Christian-François Bouche-Villeneuve, of Russian and American extraction, was born in
July 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine in France. He was also born in Ulan Bator and Belleville.
He has appeared and disappeared seemingly at will in every corner of the globe, to be
Chris Villeneuve, Fritz Markassin, Sandor Krasna, Jacopo Berenzi, Chris. Marker and
Chris Marker. He has been a cat, an owl, the man of the Left, .
..a techno-shaman. Even,
as Alain Resnais suspected, a benign emissary from another planet, or our own future.
(literally a tomb) is a seventeenth century French musical
honoured the music of an earlier composer in part by including in the ‘new’ work
elements from the works of the composer being memorialised. The most well known
is a piece by Maurice Ravel composed in 1919,
Le Tombeau du
. François Couperin was, with Jean-Phillipe Rameau, the leading French
baroque composer of the eighteenth century. Ravel’s
is a piano suite in six
movements which are variations on the music of Couperin and Rameau and therefore on
the past history of French music and the past history of France to which, necessarily, they