July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

“To be sure, these works amount to a defining moment in the evolution of the form but not the defining moment; the three decades since Sans soleil have seen a veritable explosion of essayistic filmmaking that Tracy’s account neglects to acknowledge. Perhaps Marker’s recent passing moves us to attend to his sui generis contributions to cinema – but at the recent Flaherty Film Seminar on documentary film, the halo cast around Marker’s memory was so thick as to be suffocating. His legacy has become so firmly tied with the essay film that many presume a subjective voiceover narration is essential to such works.”

& not only around documentary film: Marker’s work has fallen especially heavily among the thieves of the fine art establishment & the literary-critical end of art criticism or art-writing (or whatever it is these days); the halo thickens & simultaneously distorts, making it harder, not easier, to get to the films themselves, the contours of their “discontent with the image”, wh/ is in fact the friction of Apollonian & Dionysian agon

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