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  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: Slon Tango

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 4 minutes

    In this astonishing, sustained shot, an elephant in the Ljubjana Zoo ambles around its enclosure, performing syncopated dance steps to the accompaniment of Igor Stravinsky's "Tango."

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: Bullfight in Okinawa

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 4 minutes

    Two enormous black bulls engage in a contest of brute force, egged on by their screaming handlers, as they butt heads and lock horns in an attempt to rout their opponent.

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: Zoo Piece

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 3 minutes

    A leisurely-paced montage of animals, many of them confined in cages or enclosures-including seals, kangaroos, leopards, gorillas, wolves, monkeys, ostriches, and a sleeping rhinoceros.

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: An Owl is an Owl is an Owl

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 3 minutes

    A visit to an aviary yields a rhythmically edited series of close-ups of the rapidly rotating or intently staring feathered heads of a colorful variety of owls, accompanied by an ambient electronic soundtrack.

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary: Cat Listening to Music

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 3 minutes

    Marker fans are familiar with the cartoon representation of Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker's beloved pet cat, which has become the reclusive filmmaker's alter ego. In this charming short, Marker reveals the real-life Guillaume, stretched out...

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary

    5 videos

    French filmmaker Chris Marker is best known for politically engaged documentaries (A Grin without a Cat, Le Joli Mai and Cuba Si!), for his personalized "cine-essay" films (Sans Soleil, Remembrance of Things to Come and The Case of the Grinning Cat) and the science-fiction classic La Jetée. No ma...

  • Chris Marker

    34 videos

    Happy 100th Birthday!

    Born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Chris Marker was a cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet.

    After the Second World War, Marker began as a writer, publishing his first book in 1949. In the 1950s he turned to document...

  • To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter

    Directed by Emiko Omori • Documentary • 2013 • 78 minutes

    TO CHRIS MARKER, AN UNSENT LETTER is a cinematic love letter to Chris Marker, the notoriously private filmmaker and artist--director of LA JETEE, SANS SOLEIL, LE JOLI MAI and many other films, and self-described "best known author of unkn...

  • We'll Always Have Paris!

    16 videos

    From Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI, to the modern day SCHOOL OF BABEL, these films will transport the viewer to Paris, France.

  • The Owl's Legacy: Cosmogony, or the Ways of the World
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Cosmogony, or the Ways of the World

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “Harmony can only be divine and it is Man... who makes it go berserk.” -- Iannis Xenakis

    This episode is classic Chris Marker, tying together an abandoned Athenian power plant turned cultural center, ancient Greek statuary, a department...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Music, or Inner Space
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Music, or Inner Space

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “The word was music before all else” -- Angelique Ionatos

    What defines music? Soldiers marching in tandem create rhythms; Orthodox priests don’t simply speak when performing the liturgy, they chant and sometimes sing; the hammer banging...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Logomachy, or the Dialect of the Tribe
    26:09
    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Logomachy, or the Dialect of the Tribe

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “The adventures of language may be the most meaningful thing in world history.” -- Nikos Svoronos

    The word “logos” stands at the start of Greek philosophy. A word that defies simple translation, it lies at the root of terms including lo...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Mathematics, or the Empire Counts Back
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Mathematics, or the Empire Counts Back

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “Historians say Utopia doesn’t exist. It does! It’s the geometric space where everything is proven.” --Michel Serres

    There is a narrative about ancient Greece and math: That the Greeks invented mathematics as we know it, that men such a...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Amnesty, or History on the March
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Amnesty, or History on the March

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    Western history is said to begin with the Greeks—more specifically, with Herodotus, credited as the first historian. But the ancient Greek conception of history, based on the idea of self-examination, is very different from current conce...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Nostalgia, or The Impossible Return
    26:09
    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Nostalgia, or The Impossible Return

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “It’s the most Greek word I know. In a sense, it defines Greece.” --Vassilis Vassilikos

    Nostalgia is there right at the start of the Greek literary tradition. Odysseus, after a decade of fighting the Trojan War, must wander another deca...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Democracy, or City of Dreams
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Democracy, or City of Dreams

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “Modern and ancient democracy have no genetic relationship” -- Mihalis Sakellariou

    An in-depth—but not overly dense—exploration of how Athenian democracy worked, and the key ways it differs from modern states using the word. Ancient Gre...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Olympics, or Imaginary Greece
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    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Olympics, or Imaginary Greece

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “Every European era has formed its own image of Greece made up from its own imagination. There is so much self-projection and misinterpretation.” -- Cornelius Castoriades

    We begin with the personal. In interviews, classicists Manuela Sm...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Philosophy, or the Triumph of the Owl
    26:07
    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Philosophy, or the Triumph of the Owl

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “The owl? What about it?” --Theo Angelopoulos

    After a dozen episodes that begin and end with the image of an owl, PHILOSOPHY begins with the owl and its symbolism, and shows us how many of the participants in the series react to the bir...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Tragedy, or the Illusion of Death
    26:11
    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Tragedy, or the Illusion of Death

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “The institution of tragedy plays a fundamental role in a democracy.” --Cornelius Castoriadis

    Greek tragedies were originally like TV shows before the age of streaming. They were performed once, and only once says scholar Oswyn Murray. ...

  • The Owl's Legacy: Misogyny, or the Snares of Desire
    26:06
    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    The Owl's Legacy: Misogyny, or the Snares of Desire

    The Owl's Legacy - Season 1

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1989 • 26 minutes

    “Greek love, Greek eroticism, is a paradigm for us. But it’s something about which we are very hypocritical.” --John Winkler

    Classicist Giulia Sissa takes center stage in this episode, which explores desire in ancient Greece (primarily ...