1962. France. Written and directed by Chris Marker. With Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux. A post-apocalyptic exercise in science fiction, using still images. In French; English subtitles.
1963. France. Directed by Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme. Narrated by Simone Signoret. An attempt to capture the vérité of French society at the end of the Algerian War. In French; English subtitles. 156 min.
Though he was a documentarian, Chris Marker (1921–2012), was among the most idiosyncratic of filmmakers, perhaps more essayist than artist. In these films, two of his earliest and most well known works, he gives a sense of why Alain Resnais called him “the prototype of the twenty-first-century man.”