As many of you know by now, Chris Marker, the experimental filmmaker known for the groundbreaking sci-fi film, "La Jetee," passed away on his 91st birthday this past Sunday.
As a multimedia artist and writer, Marker's mesmerizing techniques have become influential benchmarks for filmmakers like Terry Gilliam, whose "Twelve Monkeys" is an expansion of Marker's original 1962 creation. And Marker's use of black and white still shots that tested the viewers concern for time and memory remains paramount to the trajectory of film history, so much so that his films "La Jetee" and "Sans Soleil" have been immortalized in the classic film catalogue, The Criterion Collection.
In honor of the great artist, we've put together a slideshow of quotes from critics and writers who remember Marker's influential work. Check out the memorable words of "La Jetee" admirers and let us know what you think of Marker's experimental films in the comments section. You can also view his two most famous films below as well "Kino," a film from the YouTube channel that was created under the pseudonym "Kosinski."
<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-chris-marker-20120731,0,3852929.story" target="_hplink">Critic Pauline Kael</a>
<a href="Ty Burr, Boston.com's emMovie Nation/em" target="_hplink">Ty Burr, Boston.com's <em>Movie Nation</em></a>
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/movies/chris-marker-enigmatic-multimedia-artist-dies-at-91.html?_r=1" target="_hplink">Dennis Lim, <em>The New York Times</em></a>
<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/18/entertainment/et-book18" target="_hplink">Janet Harbord, author of "Chris Marker: La Jetee,"</a>
<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jul/30/chris-marker" target="_hplink">Ronald Bergan, <em>The Guardian</em></a>
<a href="http://www.artfagcity.com/2012/07/31/prolific-filmmaker-chris-marker-dies-aged-91/" target="_hplink">Leighann Morris, <em>Art Fag City</em></a>
<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2012/07/in-memoriam-chris-marker.html" target="_hplink">Richard Brody, <em>The New Yorker</em></a>
<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-chris-marker-french-new-waver-and-groundbreaki,83107/" target="_hplink">Scott Tobias, <em>AV Club</em></a>
<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2012/07/6322722/remembering-chris-marker-famed-french-filmmaker-updated" target="_hplink">Karen Cooper, director of Film Forum</a>
<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/07/30/chris_marker_filmmaker_behind_la_jet_e_and_more_has_died_.html" target="_hplink">Forrest Wickman, <em>Slate</em></a>