50 Great Directors: Chris Marker

“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?”

What Got This Director Here?
: La Jetee/Sans Soleil.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Sans Soleil.

What Did I Watch: The Last Bolshevik.

Where Does He Fit: Medvedkin’s Happiness is a deliciously funny film, but who knew that it contained so much of the director’s personality? Chris Marker intuitively understood that the man was doing what all great art does: making you think clearly about mixed feelings. Horses are an object in the same vein as Marker’s cats, but the man’s view of the government and the clergy comes through powerfully via sheer force of silly allegory. Shame that his other works have essentially become impossible to see, but this did inspire me to seek out a very enjoyable Medvedkin short. Will I remember it in the same way as this?

Most Valuable Asset: Glancing at memories.
Most Excited For: Grin Without a Cat.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: The originator, D.W. Griffith.


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