Montage as Resonance: Chris Marker and Dialectics

September 19, 2012, 09:18 AM

Shortly into the second part of Chris Marker's epic 1977 compilation film Le Fond de l'air est rouge, one of the great acts of montage in the history of the cinema takes place. After presenting us with a prolonged sequence shifting from newsreel footage of Soviet tanks freeing Prague from Nazi occupation in 1945 to the same tanks returning to the city 24 years later, this time not to liberate the city, but to crush the political aspirations unleashed by the Prague Spring, Marker homes in on...

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