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Statues Also Die

Les statues meurent aussi
Director: Chris Marker, Alain Resnais

France, Dokumentary, 1953, 30 min., french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
“Statues Also Die” is a 1953 French essay film directed by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. It traces the devastating impact of French colonialism on African art and shows what happens when art loses its connection to a culture. A statue dies when it loses its original significance and becomes reduced to a museum object. The film is an anti-colonial, anti-racist, even anti-capitalist audio-visual collage. Because of its criticism of colonialism, the second half of the film was censored in France. The first time the full version was publicly screened was in 1968.
 
Awards:
 
1954 – Jean Wigo Award (France) for Best Short Film.
 
About the directors:
 
Chris Marker (Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, 1921–2012) was a writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist, known for his cinematic essays and audio visual works. He studied philosophy in France and shortly after the Second World War, Ch. Marker began his career as a journalist, writer and photographer. In the early 1950's he turned to documentary filmmaking. In 1952 Marker made his first film, “Olympia 52”. In 1953 he collaborated with Alain Resnais on the documentary Statues Also Die (Les statues meurent aussi). Chris Marker became known internationally for the short film The Jetty (La jetée) in 1962. During fifty years of filmmaking Chris Marker has directed and co-directed about 70 films, the most notable of which are: “Description of a Combat” (Description d'un combat, 1960; won Golden Bear for Best Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany), “The Beautiful May” (Le joli mai, 1963), “Without Sun” (Sans Soleil, 1983), “One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich” (Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch, 1999). Considered one of the most innovative, creative and influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Chris Marker died on July 29, 2012.
Alain Resnais (born in 1922 in Vannes, France) is an internationally acclaimed French film director associated with the “Nouvelle Vague”. His preoccupation with the themes of time, memory and history, and his dazzling exploration of cinematographic technique, have established him as one of France’s most distinctive and influential filmmakers. His most notable films include: “Night and Fog” (Nuit et brouillard, 1955), “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (1959), “Last Year at Marienbad” (L’Année dernière à Marienbad, 1961), “Muriel” (1963), “Stavisky” (1974), “Providence” (1977), “Private Fears in Public Places” (Coeurs, 2006), “Wild Grass” (Les Herbes folles, 2009).
Section: Special Screenings: Tribute to Chris Marker

Screenplay: Chris Marker

Dir. of Photography: Ghislain Cloquet

Music: Guy Bernard