Jan 7th 2019

Join us for Program One of the part-part THE OWL’S LEGACY!

This film is part of the four-part film-essay

Chris Marker (SANS SOLEIL) was the acknowledged master of the film-essay, and THE OWL’S LEGACY was perhaps his most ambitious project. Produced over several years in the late 1980s, it was broadcast once in 1991 and then withdrawn because of the sponsoring foundation’s objections to some of its content. It wasn’t shown again until 2007; it is now presented in a new restoration by the Cinémathèque Française.

THE OWL’S LEGACY consists of thirteen 26-minute chapters, each centered on a single word (all Greek-derived, like so much of western vocabularies) that illustrates one facet of the series’ overriding question: “What is the role of Greece?”

Using as his model the Greek symposium–a banquet in which the flow of wine accompanied the flow of ideas–Marker gathers together an eloquent roster of philosophers, historians, scholars, filmmakers, and musicians to expound upon the pervasive legacy of Greek thought in the modern world. What might start out looking like a conventional collection of talking heads builds into a compelling polylogue, with the speakers emerging as vivid characters with distinctive voices and points of view. They are joined by another “voice,” that of the unseen, unheard, but totally engaged filmmaker Chris Marker, whose characteristically dazzling digressions and juxtapositions illuminate, critique, and expand upon what is said.

All of this is overseen by the looming figure of the owl–symbol of Athens, the goddess Athena, and wisdom–which recurs in various forms throughout the film to evoke the ancient (but, in many ways, remarkably modern) Greeks’ revolutionary quest for knowledge and self-knowledge. In French, Greek, English, Japanese, and Georgian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


PROGRAM ONE. 78 min.

Sunday, January 6, 5:00 pm; Monday, January 7, 6:00 pm

Part 1: Symposium—or Accepted Ideas.

Part 2: Olympics—or Imaginary Greece.

Part 3: Democracy—or the City of Dreams.

The first of four programs presenting Chris Marker’s thirteen-part series that explores the legacy of Greek thought in the modern world. For a general description, see here

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for any program of THE OWL’S LEGACY, and get a ticket for each of the other programs at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies only to additional programs after the first one purchased. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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