Remembrance of Things to Come
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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME, co-directed by Chris Marker and Bellon's daughter Yannick, uses Bellon's photographs to create a dazzling historical portrait of the two momentous decades between 1935 and 1955.
Leaping back and forth in time, from family portraits of Bellon and her two daughters, to her unique photographic record of pre-war Paris the first surrealist exhibition, the 1937 Paris World s Fair, the birth of the Cinematheque Francaise, and the Popular Front to images from France's African colonies, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and the German Occupation, the images in this remarkable cine-essay are complemented by Chris Marker's singular commentary (read by actress Alexandra Stewart), a complex rumination on the interrelations between photography, memory, thought and history.
COLETTE by Yannick Bellon (26 min.)
A dazzling montage of images. --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
The film's sheer beauty is enrapturing. --Jessica Winter, The Village Voice
Top Customer Reviews
The flow of still pictures, the narrator track and the short length (42 minutes) reminds of La Jetee in style, but this is a documentary rather than fiction. As La Jetee and as Sans Soleil, Remembrance of Things to Come is very poetic and easy to watch and listen to, almost hypnotic. If you like Chris Marker's La Jetee and/or La Soleil, you will probably like this.
There is only one narrator track in english (there must have been a french original, as on Criterions La Jetee disc). There is one extra material: a 26 minutes documentary by Bellon from 1950.
which includes the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and the German Occupation,
To conclude the film we have a bonus portrait of Colette, a writer and important presence in Paris.