One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch

Directed by Chris Marker

An Approximation of Alain Resnais, Discreet Revolutionary

Directed by Michel Leclerc
  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch (Une Journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch)

    Directed by Chris Marker.
    France, 2000, video, color, 55 min.
    French with English subtitles.

One Day in the Life... is a study of Andrei Tarkovsky, the great Russian romantic/metaphysical filmmaker, by the very different but admiring Chris Marker, an ironic, critical artist with a lively sense of humor who, of course, also has his romantic and lyrical side. The film begins with moving footage in Paris of Tarkovsky’s reunion with his son, who had been held back in the USSR for a time after the director’s exile. Marker presents clips from the films, offering shrewd commentary on Tarkovsky’s use of fire, earth, and water; on the carnality of his mysticism; on his links to Kurosawa, and much else. We also see him at work filming The Sacrifice and speaking his considered last thoughts from his deathbed.

  • An Approximation of Alain Resnais, Discreet Revolutionary (Une Approche d'Alain Resnais, révolutionnaire discret)

    Directed by Michel Leclerc.
    France, 1980, video, color, 58 min.
    French with English dubbing and English subtitles.

Through excerpts from his films and testimonies from friends, actors, and collaborators (including Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jacques Sternberg, and Jorge Semprun), this documentary attempts to draw a portrait of the notoriously shy filmmaker Alain Resnais.

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