The Embassy / The Sixth Side of the Pentagon / Sans Soleil

  • The Embassy (L'Ambassade)

    Directed by Chris Marker.
    France, 1973, digital video, color, 21 min.
    Copy source: First Run/Icarus

A potent study of political disorientation, state terrorism and exile, Marker's "anonymous" 1973 Super-8 film reads as an allegory and vivid evocation of the violent paroxysms and unrest roiling Latin America and much of the world at the time.

  • The Sixth Side of the Pentagon (La sixième face du Pentagone)

    Directed by Chris Marker and François Reichenbach.
    France, 1967, digital video, color and b&w, 26 min.
    Copy source: First Run/Icarus

Marker's charged rendering of the October 21, 1967 march on the Pentagon was made for a French “television magazine” and later distributed by the Franco-Belgian film collective, SLON). Integrating still photographs, voiceover commentary and dramatic actuality footage, Marker's hard-hitting short represents a forcible mode of alternative reportage, a type of counter-newsreel made during a period of intense distrust of the mainstream media.

  • Sans Soleil

    Directed by Chris Marker.
    France, 1982, 16mm, color, 100 min.
    English narration.
    Print source: HFA

Marker’s ruminative, melancholy masterpiece channels the imagination of a lonely traveling cameraman—evoked in letters from distant Africa and Japan—into a profound meditation on the creative conjuring powers of memory, place and image. Among the most brilliant examples of the essay film, Sans Soleil uses a lyrical, associative structure to transform modern Japan into a vivid metaphor for the scintillating mosaic of fact, fiction and fantasy that defines the increasingly mediated image world in which we live. A crucial bridge between Marker’s adventurous earlier travel films and his growing interest in media and technology, Sans Soleil is one of Marker’s most dazzling and inexhaustible works.

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