Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)

Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)

Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon | 
France |
 2001 | 
42 minutes

THIS FILM IS PART OF THE FRENCH FRENCH PROGRAM. CINEMATHEQUE MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A DOXA MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL 7 FOIS CHRIS MARKER SCREENINGS. 

A portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, who pioneered the art of photojournalism, Remembrance of Things to Come is bookended by two Surrealist exhibitions (1938 and 1947). Or, as Marker terms them: “Two small Islands of strangeness, as between two hands.” Circuitous and discursive, the narrative is pinned in place by Bellon’s extraordinary eye. Her images catch and hold the past, whether it is Salvador Dali’s Rainy Taxi, Finnish soldiers training for war, or the Surrealists’ post-war reunion. Marker says, “The history of the century’s end will be that of its masks.” Composed like Marker’s most famous work (La Jetée) out of still images, the film is light on its feet, vivid, and given to quicksilver shifts in mood and content. -DW

Screening With
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1999 | 
55 minutes