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Dimanche à Pekin (1956)

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Director Chris Marker begins by recounting his childhood dream of visiting the city of Peking, a city he was once only able to admire in books. The viewer is taken on a journey through this... See full summary »

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Director Chris Marker begins by recounting his childhood dream of visiting the city of Peking, a city he was once only able to admire in books. The viewer is taken on a journey through this city, as if experiencing it from the mind and through the eyes of Marker. Written by bernardo-van-olst

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Oh the Banality....
19 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Marker begins Sunday In Peking by recounting his childhood dream of visiting the city he was once only able to admire in books. We are taken on a journey through this city, as if experiencing it from the mind and through the eyes of Marker. His thoughts and observations about the traditions, history, and banalities of everyday life in Peking are woven together so elegantly that it leaves you intellectually satisfied with a smile on your face. The film is shot, appropriately, in a reddish and yellowish hue, structured in Marker's cinematic essay format and orated beautifully by the narrator. As always Marker never fails to add his trademark features such as the wonderful animations of his collaborators, toys, a focus on banalities, and of course the inclusion of his favourite animals (even if it is in the opening credits hehe). 10 out of 10, as always, Marker's poeticism never ceases to amaze!


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