On vous parle de Paris: Maspero, les mots ont un sens

Calling from Paris: Maspero. Words Have a Meaning
With the documentary series "On vous parle de…" Chris Marker wanted to produce a counter-public – "contre-information." More than being just a portrait of publisher François Maspero, the episode Les mots ont un sens also answers the question of what role leftist intellectuals can play between militancy and information.
Les mots ont uns sens was shown in the first Berlinale Forum in 1971. In conjunction with the anniversary program the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art has produced a digital restoration of Marker’s film.
by Chris Marker France 1970 French 20’ Black/White Documentary form

Crew

DirectorChris Marker
Digital restorationArsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

Chris Marker

Born as Christian-François Bouche-Villeneuve in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1921. He studied Philosophy in Paris. Sometime around 1950, he turned to film. In 1962, he created one of his most famous works, La Jetée. In addition to directing numerous documentary and essay films, Marker was a writer and photographer. He died in 2012.

Filmography

1953 Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die / Auch Statuen sterben); 30 min., co-directed by Alain Resnais, Forum 1971 1956 Dimanche à Pekin (Sunday in Peking); 22 min. 1958 Lettre de Siberie (Letter from Siberia / Ein Brief aus Sibirien); 58 min. 1961 Déscription d'un combat (Beschreibung eines Kampfes); 60 min., Competition 1961 · ¡Cuba Sí!; 57 min. 1962 La Jetée (The Pier / Am Rande des Rollfelds); 26 min., Retrospective 2002 1965 Le Mystère Koumiko; 54 min. 1967 Si j'avais quatre dromadaires; 73 min. 1970 La bataille des dix millions; 58 min., Forum 1971 1971 Le train en marche; 32 min. 1972 Vive la baleine; 17 min. 1975 L'Ambassade; 22 min. 1977 Le fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat / Rot ist die blaue Luft); 180 min. 1981 Sans Soleil (Sunless / Ohne Sonne); 100 min., Competition (out of competition) 1983, Retrospective 1990 1984 2084: Vidéo-Clip pour une réflexion syndicale et pour le... (2084 / 2084 ... plaisir); 10 min., Competition 1985 1985 A.K.; 75 min. 1990 Berliner Ballade; 25 min. 1993 Le tombeau d'Alexandre (The Last Bolshevik / Der letzte Bolschewik); 120 min., Forum 1994 1996 Level Five; 106 min., Wettbewerb (Sondervorführung) 1997 2000 Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch; 55 min., Forum 2000 2004 Chats perchés; 57 min. 2012 Kino; 2 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020