Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  1989
Genre:  Expository
Language:  French; German; English
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Interactive transcript available
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The Owl's Legacy: Cosmogony, or the Ways of the World

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Episode 9 of renowned filmmaker Chris Marker's mythical masterpiece about the influence of Greek culture on our society. This episode explores the theme of "Cosmogony, or the Ways of the World".

The Owl's Legacy: Cosmogony, or the Ways of the World

“Harmony can only be divine and it is Man... who makes it go berserk.” -- Iannis Xenakis

This episode is classic Chris Marker, tying together an abandoned Athenian power plant turned cultural center, ancient Greek statuary, a department store in Japan, young men destroyed by armored warfare during WWI, and a comparison between Plato’s parable of the cave and contemporary cinema.

From the beautiful enigmatic statues of Cycladic art to classic Greek statuary and on to the big bang theory, COSMOGONY explores the mysteries of creation—on the human, divine, and physical levels. It is no accident that in ancient Greek, the words for “poet” and “creator” are the same.

“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)
Fairman, Denica (narrator)

Other credits

Music, Eleni Karaindrou [and 8 others]; camerapersons, Andreas Sinanos [and 5 others]; 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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