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One of Chris Marker’s latest projects is breaking Article 9 of the Civil Code by taking taking photographs of other passengers on the Paris Metro. David Thomson says he got The New Republic’s seven-picture portfolio via a mutual friend. “[H]e has been a photographer all his life, and in the last few years he has found a new subject—people on the Paris Metro—shot with a secret camera.” Like Marker’s other photo work dealing with faces and crowds, there’s an empathetic gaze and attention to the found moment; the means raises other questions. Thomson: “When he first started the project, [he] was an elderly gentleman, but still nimble and fit—so he was not often noticed. He may have been 89; he could not always remember… So he used to spend part of his days and nights on the metro. And he had noticed that an elderly gentleman on the metro could sit there with an empty look in his eyes, and under that cover he could gaze upon people and observe them without being detected, or reported as a spy or a Don Juan… [T]he metro… was all silent purpose and bored crusade. These people were all going somewhere. They had a mission, and their loveliness—he thought everyone was lovely in the metro’s white light—was their purpose…” [More prose and six other shots at the link.]

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

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“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

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