Monday, July 30, 2012

Chris Marker, RIP

Artist Chris Marker died yesterday at his home in Paris, on the day of his 91st birthday. Marker produced over 50 films, the best known being La Jetee, a black&white post-apocalyptic sci-fi film on time travel, told almost entirely in stills. The premise, of a man haunted by the memory of his own death, inspired Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys. The film borrowed enough from Marker's 28-minute work that he was given a writing credit.

Marker rarely granted interviews and when asked for publicity photographs to accompany articles, the artist often submitted an image of a cat.

An obituary at the Telegraph can be read here.

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