The enigmatic French experimental film maker Chris Marker has died.
Famed for his revolutionary documentary film style, inspiring the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Michael Moore, Marker thrived at concocting his rare-breed of off-beat contemporary realism.
With myriad short films depicting political upheaval and modern society at the height of the Cold War, Marker defined the in-your-face doco approach for the modern film reel.
Highly secretive, eschewing the limelight by avoiding prying photographs and purposefully fueling debate about his unclear place of birth (either Ulaan Bator, Mongolia or Belleville, Paris), Marker, despite himself, managed to garner international acclaim by merit of a life-long work of cinematography, including La jetée and Tokyo Days. One of independent cinema's shining stars has shot away.
"Rarely has reality needed so much to be imagined." - Chris Marker