This week we lost two cultural heavy-weights. The passing of Chris Marker is a huge loss for cinema, but it also creates a moment for the living to look back upon all that Marker created. The folks at Criterion used this event as an opportunity to reflect on a work of Marker’s I had not seen before. Junkopia, which was co-directed by Frank Simeone and John Chapman, is a wonderful little piece filmed near San Francisco where Marker was shooting footage for Sans Soleil. The poetic portrait of junk sculptures resting in a mudflat is quite haunting and beautiful.
Gore Vidal was not known for making documentaries, but he does give this wonderful interview on The South Bank Show where he talks about his memoirs and how we Americans all talk too much about ourselves. For fear of proving him right, I’ll just leave you to enjoy the video.