A.K.

Marker’s (La Jetee, Sans Soleil) hyper-observational style is on full display in A.K. as he skirts around Akira Kurosawa’s legendary, massively scaled production of Ran (1985), focusing on the master’s previous classics and the day-to-day making of his new film, which at the time was the most expensive Japanese film ever made. French producer Serge Silberman, bankrolling Ran, commissioned Marker to capture the mood and spirit of the production from the sidelines. Foregoing interviews seemingly out of necessity, Marker makes a virtue out of that nothingness, and creates one of cinema’s most sensory making-of pictures, his searching frames densely populated with hundreds of Kurosawa’s actors, extras, and crew as they are orchestrated with great precision by the master, Kurosawa, who appears at the eye of a storm of which only he can see the full shape. (Japanese and French with English subtitles)

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Chris Marker

Le Joli Mae

“The restoration of Marker’s legendary portrait of Paris in May 1962 premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, exactly half a century after the original won the International Critics Prize there. Meticulously restored by the film’s cinematographer and co-director, Pierre Lhomme, LE JOLI MAI emerges as one of the director’s most poignant and important works.

Level Five

French film essayist Chris Marker (La Jetee, A Grin Without A Cat, Le Joli Mai) singular place in cinema is distinguished by a constant probing of how he, and we, come to experience time, memory, history and cinema itself. Unreleased in the United States until now, Marker’s film presciently uses cyber-space to explore a chapter