Memories of the Future
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Chris Marker is the first systematic examination of Marker's complete oeuvre. Here, Catherine Lupton traces the development and transformation of the artist's work from the late 1940s, when he began to work as a poet, novelist, and critic for the French journal Esprit, through the 1990s and the release of his most recent works, including Level Five and the CD-ROM Immemory. Lupton explicates Marker's work as a circular trajectory, with each project recycling and referring back to earlier works as well as to a host of adopted texts, always proceeding by oblique association and lateral digression. This trajectory, which Lupton outlines with great care and precision, is critical to understanding Marker's abiding obsession: the forms and operations of human memory. With this theme as her architecture, Lupton presents the most comprehensive and incisive analysis of Marker to date.
Incorporating historical events and cultural contexts that have informed each phase of Marker's career, Lupton gives readers access to an artist who stands outside of the mainstream and thus defies easy explanation. There is no better guide than Lupton's to this modern master's prolific and multidimensional career.
"Lupton's book is. . . a thoroughly necessary guide"
"Her prose is refreshingly jargon-free . . .Lupton draws thematic connections between isolated moments in Marker's films with an ease born of familiarity, and her film analyses are lucid and interesting . . . the first complete English-language survey of Marker's work is an invaluable reference."
"This is the first study of him in English to reveal the full scope of a luminous career . . . Lupton steers through the maze of Marker's world with admirable clear-headedness and isn't afraid to point out when he might fall short of greatness. . . . satisfyingly complex."
"A highly recommended Chris Marker primer and a much-welcome addition to the growing debate and interest around his work outside of France."