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MARKER, Chris

PORTRAIT_MARKERBorn in 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Died in 2012 in Paris.


Chris Marker is one of the most influential and important filmmakers to emerge in the post-war era, where he often worked collaboratively with, amongst others, Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard. Marker appeared on the Paris cultural landscape as a writer and editor, winning admiration for the Petite Planète travel books he edited for Seuil beginning in 1954.

Parallel to his written commentary, Marker also became identified for his uniquely expressive non-fiction films, eschewing traditional narrative technique and working from a deeply political vein. Marker began garnering international recognition in 1963 with the science-fiction short film La Jetée, a hugely influential story of nuclear experimentation and time travel. In the seventies Marker worked increasingly by himself creating documentaries both on the history of the left (Le Fond de l’air est rouge, 1977) and meditations on travel and memory (Sans Soleil, 1982). From 1952 to 2004, Marker has realised over forty films.


In 2011, Chris Marker’s retrospective was presented at the Palais de l’Archevêché, Rencontres d’Arles. This retrospective presented more than 300 works, produced between 1957 and 2010.