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Alexandra Stewart

Photograph of Alexandra Stewart taken by Chris Marker circa 1964 during the shooting of Pierre Kast’s La Brûlure de mille soleils (The Burning of a Thousand Suns), 1965, as it appeared in Ouvroir, Marker’s virtual exhibition space, Second Life, 2008–12.


FRIENDS OF CHRIS MARKER’S AND MINE have said, “Oh, you’re not supposed to say a word about Chris. He’d be furious.” But he’s not here, the poor lamb. I don’t know what I could reveal—other than exactly how I feel.

I’m from Montreal, originally, and from the age of eight I was sent to a boarding school at the Vermont-Canadian border, way off in the country. Finally, I said to my parents, “I’m not staying another minute unless you promise me I can go to Paris when I get out of here.” I got to go to Paris.

You didn’t see movies in Quebec until you were eighteen, so when I was living in my little maid’s room in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, I went to the movies constantly, and I happened to see Letter from Siberia [1957], one of Chris’s first documentaries. Thanks to the cinematographer Ghislain Cloquet—who later worked with Bresson and won an Academy Award for

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