A GIF Without a Cat: Chris Marker’s 96th Birthday

If you were alive as a cinephile anywhere around 2013, with access to a computer and the internet, you were probably witness to the Zeitgest of the video essay. If so, there are five words that’ll mentally toss you in the throes of that defining moment in the recent history of audiovisual analyses: “Hi!… my name is Tony, and this is Every Frame a Painting!” The punctuation is there to let you know of the fluctuation of speech, but if these words mean anything to you, those pauses form naturally in your brain as you read them. Tony Zhou...

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