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49'

France, 1966

Production : SLON, APEC (Association pour la Promotion de l'Education Citoyenne)

Programmed by Arnaud Lambert

French

English


Arts



Synopsis


“With his four dromedaries, Don Pedro d’Alfaroubeira roamed the world and admired it. He did what I would like to do if I had four dromedaries too.” An amateur photographer and two of his friends discuss pictures taken all over the world. This film is entirely made up of a rostrum sequence using still photos taken in twenty-six countries between 1955 and 1965.

A word from Tënk


Four years after “La Jetée”, Chris Marker embarks on another film based on photographs. Although this time it’s not a (science-)fiction but a documentary approach, the hypothesis remains the same: it’s through images that we travel, both in time and space. Mental images, images from memory, formalised by fixity and black & white photographs. In both cases, the voice animates the pictures, lending them life and a heartbeat. In this quintessentially “Marker” essay, the filmmaker pores over his old photographs to create a short phenomenology of the traveller-photographer, somewhat similar to Roland Barthes’ later writings on photography. Simulating a conversation between friends, multiplying the subjective perspectives of the pictures and the enlightening remarks about art and the state of the world, Marker, under the cover of a polyphonic construction, offers us a personal yet modest portrait of his inner world as an image-maker at the dawn of a decade of political upheaval.

 

 

 

Arnaud Lambert
Filmmaker

 

 

 

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