Single-channel video installation, 20 min. French.
With the documentary series “On vous parle de…” Chris Marker wanted to produce a counter-public – "contre-information." More than being just a portrait of publisher François Maspero, the episode Les mots ont un sens also answers the question of what role leftist intellectuals can play between militancy and information.
LES MOTS ONT UN SENS was shown in the first Berlinale Forum in 1971. In conjunction with the anniversary program the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art has produced a digital restoration of Marker’s film.
Chris Marker (Christian-François Bouche-Villeneuve) was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1921. He studied philosophy in Paris. Sometime around 1950, he turned to film. In 1962, he created one of his most famous works, La Jetée. In addition to directing numerous documentary and essay films, Marker was a writer and photographer. He died in Paris in 2012.