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The Elephants at the End of the World: Chris Marker and Third Cinema

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Abstract:

In March 1967 Chris Marker attended a screening of Loin du Vietnam (Far From Vietnam) in support of the long strike at the Rhodiaceta factory that year. From 1967 to 1977 Marker worked with the SLON collective, workers and other film-makers both on militant films during the events of May 1968 and, equally importantly, on counter-information films in solidarity with the struggle of the Third World revolutionary movements. These films, which do not separate political content from aesthetic enquiry, demonstrate Marker's aesthetic in which editing represents a political stake. By pushing back the limits of the language of film, rejecting a classical aesthetic and bringing about an encounter between the film-maker and the filmed through the gaze, Chris Marker makes his work political.

Keywords: Chris Marker; Francois Maspero; Latin America; May '68; SLON; Third World struggle; Vietnam; cinematographic utopia; militant cinema; politics of editing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2011.545616

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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