Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  1989
Genre:  Expository
Language:  French; German; English
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The Owl's Legacy: Logomachy, or the Dialect of the Tribe

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Episode 7 of renowned filmmaker Chris Marker's mythical masterpiece about the influence of Greek culture on our society. This episode explores the theme of "Logomachy, or the Dialect of the Tribe".

The Owl's Legacy: Logomachy, or the Dialect of the Tribe

“The adventures of language may be the most meaningful thing in world history.” -- Nikos Svoronos

The word “logos” stands at the start of Greek philosophy. A word that defies simple translation, it lies at the root of terms including logic, dialogue, and dialectic. The Greek word for literature is “logotechnia” -- the technique of logos. 

LOGOMACHY explores logos in its many forms, from Socratic dialogue and its implications when it comes to both education and power, to the five different forms the Greek language, to language as a battle in search for truth. The episode includes a discussion of Plato's Cratylus dialogue on the relationship between words and objects, and points to the next installment in the series, on a space beyond language: the realm of music.

“We should raze the Sorbonne and put Chris Marker in its place.” —Henri Michaux

The primary pleasure of the series, which is incredibly inspiring, is linked to this great banquet of participants, the sum of knowledge they invoke, but above all to the playful flows the editing establishes between their ideas, constructing a formidable network of meanings, historical and cultural perspectives -  a veritable encyclopedia of development." —Le Monde

“Why did we have to wait so long for this electrifyingly intelligent film?” —Le Point

“Thirteen words to uncover an entire civilization and reestablish its considerable influence on our modern societies.” —Les Inrockuptibles

“With erudition, Chris Marker questions in each episode what remains Greek within us.” —Philosophie Magazine

Citation

Main credits

Marker, Chris (film director)
Peck, Bob (narrator)

Other credits

Music, Eleni Karaindrou [and 5 others]; camerapersons, Andreas Sinanos, Jimmy Glasberg, Peter Chappell; editing team, Khadicha Bariha, Nedjma Scialom.


Distributor credits

Chris Marker

Docuseek2 subjects

France
Ancient History
Greece
Filmmakers
Japan
Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Historical Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Historical Anthropology
Ancient Greece
Chris Marker
France
Philosophy

Keywords

"The Owl's Legacy"; Icarus Films; France; Chris Marker; Ancient Greece; culture;

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