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IN A FAR-OFF COUNTRY: CHRIS MARKER (1921–2012)

Chris Marker, Description d’un combat (Description of a Struggle), 1960, 35 mm, color, sound, 58 minutes.

WHEN ARTFORUM LEARNED of Chris Marker’s passing late last summer, we invited a diverse group of writers, actors, artists, and filmmakers to share their thoughts on this famously private but widely beloved progenitor—and peerless practitioner—of the essay film. In the pages that follow, JAMES QUANDT, ALEXANDRA STEWART, TOM McCARTHY, DUNCAN CAMPBELL, LUCY RAVEN, PATRICK KEILLER, and SOPHIE FIENNES are joined by film historian NORA M. ALTER, whose compre­hensive overview of Marker’s life and work anchors her fellow contributors’ more personal reflections.

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