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.