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Remembrance of Things to Come -- The latest "cine-essay" of Chris Marker is dense and demanding, a splendid reminder that his nimble, capacious mind has lost none of its agility, poetry, and power. Ostensibly a portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, focusing on the two decades between 1935 and 1955, the film leaps and backtracks, Marker-style, from subject to subject, from a family portrait of Bellon and her two daughters, Loleh and Yannick (the latter co-authored the film), to a wide-ranging history of surrealism, of the city of Paris, of French cinema and the birth of the cin"math"que, of Europe, the National Front, the Second World War and Spanish Civil War, and postwar politics and culture.


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  (in credits order)

Pierre Arditi ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Yannick Bellon 
Chris Marker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yannick Bellon 
Chris Marker 

Original Music by
Chris Marker  (as Michel Krasna)
Cinematography by
Denise Bellon 
Production Management
Thierry Garrel .... unit manager
Eric Le Roy .... production leader
Jean-François Naudon .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Florent Lavallée .... sound mixer
Florent Lavallée .... sound re-recording mixer

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"Le souvenir d'un avenir" - France (original title)
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42 min
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Slideshow made by a master, 4 June 2009
Author: julianorj from Brazil

Nice movie.

Although the shadow of the World Wars may be overstressed in the film, Marker can sometimes suddenly bring some unexpected lightness to the film bringing her children photo.

It's interesting how a movie made only by stills and voice over (and little music) can be that incisive. Marker is a master at that.

The duration (about 40') is very precise. Before it starts to bore us it ends.

The text is so strong that sometimes you kinda forget that these are not MArker's images. When he talks about the photographer Denise Bellon (all the images of the film are hers) you realize that you were kind of far away in the trip throughout the 20th century that the movie makes us get into, and you look at these images with some distance again.

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