Monday, 15 November 2010

The Owl's Legacy

An extract from Chris Marker's TV series on the culture of ancient Greece, The Owl's Legacy, featuring contributions from Iannis Xenakis, George Steiner, Cornelius Castoriadis and Elia Kazan. Recently unearthed from obscurity as part of the Otolith Group's room at Tate Britain for the Turner Prize. As the Otolith Group write in their accompanying artist book, this is exactly the sort of TV programme that simply wouldn't stand a chance of being made today.

“It all began on a summer night in 1987. The idea for a television series based on Greek culture had just crystalized and we were facing a spectre which haunts the realm of the cultural documentary and that Chekhov defined for eternity: to say things that clever people already know and that morons will never know.”

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating!
    I've never seen this and I really like Marker.
    While having a quick look at the clip I managed to see several well-(or lesser)known faces:
    Catherine Belkhodja
    Arielle Dombasle
    (the late) Juliet Berto (actress)
    and singer/author Yves Simon…