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also known as Le souvenir d'un avenir

Remembrance of Things to Come2003

  • 4.3
Fascinated with the effect of photography on memory (and on the future), Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon look at the work of Bellon's mother, photojournalist Denise Bellon in this, one of Marker's final film essays. With a title reminiscent of Marcel Proust's tome on memory, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME uses Bellon's journalism from 1935-1955, to prove her images of the first post-world-war phase forecast the second. Bellon's friendship with the Surrealists lends her a unique relationship to the history of recording through images. Despite the paradoxes and puns elegantly expressed by narrator Alexandra Stewart, photography remains prosperous, "used to refresh failing memories or convince nonbelievers." Some images, this film posits, accomplish more. - Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

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"...the script and juxtapositions reiterate [Chris] Marker's vision of recorded memory as a small, paradoxical death: at once a tragically irretrievable moment and a dread portent." - Jessica Winter, the Village Voice


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In 41 minutes profound insight into surrealism, colonialism, and war. History as art.

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In 41 minutes profound insight into surrealism, colonialism, and war. History as art.

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it is as much your duty to experience art as it is to make it.

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Beautiful still images of a time gone by.

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meta-project, document of document of document, aesthetic of aesthetic of aesthetic , translation of translation of expression.

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actually really wonderful to see this history through her eyes

Those who cannot remember the future are condemned to live through it.