Fandor has added Chris Marker’s “Remembrance of Things to Come” to its streaming library, and to celebrate, they’ve commissioned a new video essay by Kevin Lee, who gives Marker’s exploration of Denis Bellon’s photojournalism a three-minute remix set, very wisely, to Wire’s “Reuters.”
Marker’s narration, voiced by Alexandra Stewart, navigates a vast collection of Denise Bellon’s photographs to weave an agile and intensely observant account of the world these images depict, as well as an account of their maker’s odyssey in capturing them. Bellon was a member of the French Surrealist clique, whose uninhibited embrace of unsettling images informs her own photographic adventures. Disfigured World War I veterans; West African soldiers; Tunisian brothels; an ill-fated invasion of Franco’s Spain: taken together they construct a stunning vision of Europe’s grasp on the 20th-century globe tightening into a death grip.
Still more good news for Marker aficionados is that SundanceNOW’s Doc Club will be focusing on Marker for the month of May, including streaming versions of “Remembrance,” “The Case of the Grinning Cat,” “The Sixth Side of the Pentagon,” “Chris Marker’s Bestiary” and “One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich.” (The last, Marker’s essential essay on Tarkovsky, will be making its online debut.) Their May offerings will also include three films about or inspired by Marker: Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours,” Emiko Omori’s “To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter,” and Dan Geva’s “Description of a Memory.”