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    This week we lost one of the great artists of the past century, Chris Marker. Though best known for his 1962 La Jetée, a science-fiction epic in miniature told through black-and-white still photographs, and his 1983 Sans Soleil, a personal travelogue that, in puzzling over the modern world, takes us from Tokyo to West Africa and beyond, Marker had an expansive career that encompassed political documentaries, journalism, photography, and many forms of interactive digital media. His highly fluid ouevre is dotted with fascinating oddities—like the six-minute film we present here, Junkopia. Codirected by Frank Simeone and John Chapman, this wordless documentary was filmed at the Emeryville Mudflats outside of San Francisco in July 1981, while Marker was also shooting the Vertigo sections of Sans Soleil. Its meditative, eerie images reappropriate pieces of detritus, turning them into objects of strange beauty.

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  • By futurestar
    August 03, 2012
    05:00 PM

    Chris Marker was a true visionary, personal mystery, profound visual essayist, enigma to most of the world, a prophet, plus close friend to a select few. He was there when Alan Resnais got his start doing documentaries, and was invited by Andrei Tarkovsky to share and film his last few moments before leaving this realm. He was way hip before anyone knew what he had just finished would be a future trend. A renaissance man from a world largely misunderstanding him until it was too late. HIs visual gifts are immortal. Thanks for passing our way. The unraveling will last forever.
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  • By Russell Fry
    August 03, 2012
    05:46 PM

    Was this the same place that was filmed in Harold and Maude? They are sitting at a water's edge, next to a highway, among a bunch of folk art/junk sculptures (the scene where you discover Maude's tattoo...). I've tried to compare the two, but since they are filmed 10 years apart from each other they look quite different, the sculptures are even more rustic and less complex. I can only imagine that in ten years it could have easily evolved into what we see Junkopia. If anyone has any info on this please let me know, I'd be very interested in some of the history of this place or places.
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