Light Industry, known for its weekly events series, has invited a number of artists, professors and critics to deliver introductory remarks and remembrances.
French president Francois Hollande said in a statement that Marker's most famous film, La Jetée, “will be remembered by history," while the Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras told the French newspaper Le Monde Monday that Marker “was a profoundly honest man, both politically and cinematographically.” In an email, Karen Cooper, the director of Film Forum, where many of Marker’s films have been screened throughout his career, called Marker a "genius." “He was one of the first documentary-essayists who could make seemingly casual personal musings the subject of his movies," she wrote. "But what musings! Sans Soleil is but one example of his brilliance, originality, humor, and humanity. A great light has gone out.”(1)
Lying pictures, and pictures that tell the truth: The subgenre of 'compilation films' comes to Anthology, with highlights from Ceauşescu, '60s lefties
A new screening series, which opens Wednesday at Anthology Film Archives and has been organized around the concept of the "compilation film," offers a few lessons in political imagery, and a reminder that the false deployment of imagery is nothing new in Western politics. For the discontented, this comes as something of a comfort.