MUMBAI: French film director and writer Chris Marker
expired on Monday. He was 91.
on July 29, 1921, Maker joined the French Resistance
during the Second World War and further to that he became
He stepped onto the French cultural scene as a writer
and then became a filmmaker. From the 1950s onwards,
he travelled the world directing documentaries, including
one about the Helsinki Olympics (Olympia 52) and another
about African art (Statues Also Die with Alain Resnais).
1962, he made the The Pier, for which he won the Prix
Jean Vigo, and in 1963 he and Pierre Lhomme together
directed Joli Mai, a documentary featuring Yves Montand's
voice about Paris after the Evian Agreements. In 1967,
he contributed to the ensemble film Far from Vietnam
with Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, and Joris
Ivens. In the wake of May 1968, he focused on militant
film collective I.S.K.R.A., before returning to his
own personal creations. In 1977, he made Grin Without
a Cat, and in 1982 he directed the emblematic Sunless,
which took the filmmaker from Guinea Bissau to Japan,
and from Ile-de-France to Iceland.