7.3/10
132
1 user 2 critic

L'ambassade (1973)

| Drama, Short
An unexpected response to Pinochet's 1973 coup d'etat in Chile. A Super-8 film apparently found in an embassy -as it's written in the original title-, where political activists had taken ... See full summary »

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.49 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On October 21, 1967, over 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. It was the largest protest gathering yet, and it brought together ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, François Reichenbach
Sans soleil (1983)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
Chats perchés (TV Movie 2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Paris 2002. Yellow cats appears on the walls. Chris Marker is looking for these mysterious cats and captures with his camera the political and international events of these last two years (war in Iraq...).

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Bertrand Cantat, Dieudonné, Léon Schwartzenberg
Level Five (1997)
Documentary | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. She searches the internet for information on the battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Catherine Belkhodja, Kenji Tokitsu, Nagisa Ôshima
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Concerns a scientist's flight into outer space.

Directors: Walerian Borowczyk, Chris Marker
Stars: Michel Boschet, Ligia Branice, Anatole Dauman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Laurence Cuvillier, Davos Hanich, François Maspero
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Yaakov Malkin
La jetée (1962)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man, a slave, sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
E-clip-se (1999)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Documentary | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Edit

Storyline

An unexpected response to Pinochet's 1973 coup d'etat in Chile. A Super-8 film apparently found in an embassy -as it's written in the original title-, where political activists had taken refuge after a military coup d'état. But the events -and their setting- are not what they first appear to be. Written by Raphaël Jullien

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

embassy | exile | golpe | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Embassy  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Astonishing, Haunting
22 February 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This very short movie (21 minutes), shot on Super 8mm, is quite painful to watch. The surface of the film is (deliberately?) filled with scratches and dirt. The quality of the cinematography resembles nothing more or less than a bad home movie, with overly-lit shots alternating with ones of near-twilit obscurity, even those shot during daytime. (Although Marker narrates the film, he is playing a character here -- a refugee who decides to film the events described, perhaps for lack of anything better to do; thus, the amateurishness is appropriate.) Lastly, the sound quality -- which includes narration only: the images are silent, so none of the characters shown is heard speaking -- is quite poor, and, though the narration is in English, Marker's heavy accent makes his words often hard to decipher. But the film is painful also for an entirely different reason, one that perhaps only someone on the political Left could fully appreciate. It describes all too convincingly the terror, confusion and hopelessness of political progressives caught in a fascist coup. These refugees are in limbo: they can neither change the situation, nor escape; they can only try to figure out what is happening to them (from phone calls from allies, from TV broadcasts) and deal with it somehow. As the film goes on, we slowly realize that the desperate people in this very modern hell are the *lucky* ones: many of those who did not try to escape, or perhaps did try but didn't make it to a place of safety like an embassy, have been arrested, and some have been rounded up and executed by the new authorities in a stadium (as actually happened in Chile). As their tension mounts, the leftists turn on each other, each blaming the others' political factions for bringing on the disaster: according to some, by compromising too much with the powers-that-be, according to others, by not compromising enough. At last, the refugees are offered the only solution to save themselves: exile, an option they gratefully take. As they climb into a van that will take them away forever from their country, a panning shot over the city they are escaping reveals... that the audience is not where it thought it was. This work, a reaction to the right-wing coup in Chile, is a somber corrective to the revolutionary optimism of Marker's earlier work. (Interestingly, this film is included on the same DVD as The Sixth Side of the Pentagon (La Sixieme Face du Pentagone), a short 1968 film, showing the October 1967 anti-Vietnam War March on the Pentagon, which perfectly embodies that earlier optimism.) And although The Embassy (utterly unlike the elegant La Jetee or Sans Soleil) appears utterly artless, even crude, seeing it twice reveals subtle symmetries: the film begins and ends with the vapor trail of a jet, and the face of a woman, the first refugee who enters the embassy, is the same face we see in close-up as the refugees leave. (I think I'll remember the face of that woman -- confused, haunted, despairing -- until I die.) The movie works above all because the Left, at least at the time the film was made, had the same types all over the world: the lawyers, the folk singers, the student radicals, etc. They are all instantly recognizable, and universal. Marker would recount his journey from revolutionary optimism to pessimism and back again in a much longer and more ambitious film: The Base of the Air Is Red (Le Fond de l'Air Est Rouge). For now, this extraordinary 1973 work records a left-wing intellectual's dismay at the death of the 'Sixties' dream.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
chris marker is great teejay6682
Turtles MerryAnn86
Discuss L'ambassade (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page