Re: Chris Marker: The train rolls on

From: Cari Machet (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 29 2007 - 03:31:38 PDT

On 9/29/07, Freya <email suppressed> wrote:
> I've just seen the Chris Marker film "The train Rolls
> on" which was preety intresting on a number of
> accounts. I'm not sure how much I was into the film. I
> think I was a little dissapointed at first as it's
> made by Chris Marker, and well... you know how it is.
> The film for those who don't know is a documentary
> about a train that runs across Russia shortly before
> the second world war. It is a special train. A film
> train! On the train are compartments containing: A fim
> lab, a tiny cinema, film cameras, an editing
> compartment, and finally an animation compartment. Oh
> and I nearly forgot, as it seems did the designers of
> the train, a tiny space in which was the accomodation
> for the travelling filmakers. :) In the film they
> compare it to like living on a submarine.
> The train travelled across Russia and on it's way they
> would make films about life in the soviet union and
> show the films to the people.
> I loved the idea as you might expect and it made me
> wonder how feasable it might be to have a film bus or
> something to travel around shooting processing and
> screening film. Of course I can't drive and I don't
> think in these times that people would be that open to
> a kind of cinema like this but I still like the idea
> of it.
> Anyway getting to the point, it made me wonder
> somewhat about Chris Marker. The film seems in places
> somewhat critical of the soviet reigeme, however I
> understand that Chris used to be a Marxist filmaker at
> one point?

not same thing

> I've not seen any of the more marxist films and I'm
> now wondering what kind of films he made and what made
> him step away from it?

- marxism
not same thing (again) -
aspects of the cuban "regime" work
and would work better if they were not closed out of the worlds 'capital'
the largest export of cuba is doctors
they actually have an interest in educating the people
nothing is an absolute - perfect
naomi klein 'shock doctrine' is an advocate of multiple economic
models to be utilized by governments which actually reflects our own
supposed purely capitalist - open market 'regime' - we are not at all
a complete 'open market' based economy that is total propaganda -
just used as a straw man argument base

> In my last post where I was asking about political
> films, someone mentioned Sans Soliel, which as you all
> know I absolutely love, but it's never struck me as
> being especially political, so maybe I am missing
> something somewhere?
> Perhaps Chris was disillusioned by the fall of the
> soviet union or maybe just the way the world was going
> as fassbinder reffered to.
> It worries me greatly that we presently live in a
> preety awful political vaccum as both captialism and
> communism are seen to have failed. It worries me where
> the world might end up.
> Anyways I was just wondeing what was known about Chris
> Marker and his views on film as a left wing filmmaker
> in these times.
> Oh and before I forget, I should share with you my
> feelings about the film. The film opens with a sort of
> experimental montage with voiceover. It's sadly only
> mildly intresting and it's a while before you discover
> what the film is really about. Once you get into the
> film proper however it just becomes a more standard
> documentary which while being really interesting in
> content, is less interesting cinematically. So the
> experimental part of the film is a lot less
> interesting than the ordinary documentary part. It's
> kind of the inverse some other films I've seen and it
> seems from my perspective that something has gone a
> bit wrong with it all. I would have edited it
> differently, but there we go.
> It's an intresting film and I like it but it also
> seems very flawed.
> love
> Freya
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