A Tribute to Chris Marker's Double Life

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Saddened by the news of Chris Marker's death today at age 91, I guided my generic male goth avatar to Ouvroir, Marker's Second Life island chain. Ouvroir is devoted to monuments, art, eclectic means of transportation, and, of course, Monsieur Guillaume. It can be accessed at the coordinates 187, 61, 39. In 2010, Marker made Ouvroir, the movie, featuring Guillaume's wanderings through the space.

Dancing with Guillame. Here is a video of Monsieur Guillaume dancing with an unidentified bald avatar.

A Guillaume submarine.

Mount Guillaume.

A crashed plane, giraffe, and palm trees on the sands of Ouvroir.

Three cat statues and the iconic spherical museum.

Bowing before a giant Guillaume with a sampling of artwork visible at Ouvroir.

Ouvroir from above.

"Every memory can create its own legend," we are told in Marker's 1982 film Sans Soleil. Marker's work always concerned itself with memory and the formation of history, and ranged in subject from the Vietnam war to Alexander Medvedkin's CineTrain. In 1962, he made La Jetée, a short film composed almost entirely of stills. Other films include 1977's A Grin Without A Cat, focusing on Left political movements of the 60s and 70s, and 2004's The Case of the Grinning Cat, which explored France's own political turmoil in the years after 9/11. Famously reclusive, Marker is now free to sprial endlessly into legend.