Letters From an Unknown Filmmaker

My article, “Letters from an Unknown Filmmaker: Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and the Politics of Memory” is now available online. This issue of Rhizomes looks particularly good–lots of interesting stuff on time and memory. Kudos to Davin Heckman for putting the issue together.

It’s a strange sensation looking back at my article, which bears the traces of its unpacking over the course of several years. The article originally grew out of a conferene paper I delivered at the International Association of Philosophy and Literature conference in Hartford in 1999. The original paper was an attempt to read Sans Soleil via Derrida’s Post-Card, a reading I found produtive at the time because of Marker’s experimentation with disjunctions between sound and image. I could go back a step further and observe that my interest in Marker grew out of some connections between cinema and time travel I made in a visual theory course I took at Purdue.

I’m rarely satisfied with my own work, so I’ll never really be able to judge what I’ve written, but it’s interesting to see the essay in published form and to see how it evokes certain aspects of my past.


  1. George Said,

    June 18, 2004 @ 8:19 am

    Awesome! Congratulations, Chuck!

  2. chuck Said,

    June 18, 2004 @ 12:22 pm

    Thanks, George!

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