Tribute to Chris Marker 

When: Tue., April 16, 8 p.m. 2013

What: 

When the French New Wave hit in the '60s, a crew of young whippersnapper critics-turned-filmmakers—Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, etc.—got all the press for being celluloid-crazed enfant terribles, taking the established rules of traditional cinema and repurposing them for their own subversive, art-minded sensibilities. But foreign-film enthusiasts would note the Left Bank crew of French filmmakers who dropped movies around the same time. These directors may have been older and more literary-minded, but they were just as avant garde. This group included Alain Resnais, Agnes Varda and Chris Marker, who passed away last year at 91. Marker is saluted with a double feature at Duke. First up, from 1962, is his most recognized film, the 28-minute sci-fi featurette La Jetée, which inspired the Bruce Willis time-travel flick 12 Monkeys. It's followed by his last long-form work, the 2004 street-art film essay The Case of the Grinning Cat, which clocks in at 59 minutes. If you're a Francophile who's really into short films, you can't go wrong with this double bill. —Craig D. Lindsey

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