Chris Marker

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Chris Marker (born 29 July 1921) is a French writer, photographer, film director, multimedia artist and documentary maker.

His best known films are La jetée (1962), A Grin Without a Cat (1977), Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), a documentary on the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.



Marker was born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 29 July 1921.[1] (The 1949 edition of Le Cœur Net specifies his birthday as 22 July.) In World War II he joined the Maquis (FTP). After the war he began to write and make films. He traveled to many socialist countries and documented what he saw in films and books. Les statues meurent aussi (1953) which he codirected with Alain Resnais was one of the first anticolonial films. Anatole Dauman produced his earliest films of Chris Marker and two more later, Sunday in Peking and Letter from Siberia.

He became known internationally for the short film La jetée (1962). It tells of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel by using a series of filmed photographs developed as a photomontage of varying pace, with limited narration and sound effects. La Jetée was the inspiration for Mamoru Oshii's 1987 debut live action feature The Red Spectacles (and, later for, parts of Oshii's 2001 film Avalon as well) and also inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995). It also inspired many of director Mira Nair's shots for the 2003 film The Namesake.[citation needed]

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