Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come) (2001)
Critic Reviews for Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)
Marker and Bellon pay fond tribute to Denise Bellon, a French photojournalist from the '30s and '40s who, by no coincidence, was co-director Bellon's mother.
The script and juxtapositions reiterate Marker's vision of recorded memory as a small, paradoxical death: at once a tragically irretrievable moment and a dread portent.
Audience Reviews for Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)
(Theatre) (First Viewing, 5th Marker film) Unfortunately, Marker's most recent film just isn't nearly as compelling as one would hope. Centering on the career of French photographer Denise Bellon, a friend of the leaders of the Surrealist Movement and a contributer to a ground-breaking French photography magazine during the 30's, who later went on to document native peoples in French colonies in Africa, [b]Remembrance of Things to Come[/b] portrays the various phases of her career. It's obvious that Ms. Bellon was an extremely talented individual who had an eye for the unusual and caught on film many images that would later being of extreme historical importance (capturing images of the armies that would fight in the battle that kicked off WWII) and also imprortant in art history (she took the only known photograph of Henri Langlois' bathtub filled with cans containing the treasures of cinema and of the baby carriage he carted them around in on the streets of a war ravaged Paris). I was dissapointed to find that Bellon as an individual is nearly absent from the film. I'm guessing that the filmmakers figured her art would speak for itself, but I kept wanting to know about this seemingly fascinating person behind the camera. Interesting for sure, and it just seems a tad half-baked (its ends a tad too abruptly). Could have used a little more development on this one.
An film essay about the photography of Denise Bellon, who took photos for the Photo Alliance agency since the 30's. Marker's eloquent essay comments on these photos, ranging from the early surrealist movement in Paris to such diverse topics as Henri Langlois's preservation of films during WWII to French colonialism to the Spanish Civil War. It's less discursive than Sans Soleil but still a very dense and intelligent film.
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