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SLON (also known as S.L.O.N.; Slon)
Part of the Chris Marker World Wide Web Site.
Written by Adrian Miles.
A production company formed in 1966
to make Loin du Viêtnam (see below) with Chris Marker, Valérie
Mayoux, Jean-Claude Lerner, Alain Adair, John Tooker, and others. Marker
was the major participant in the project (Van Wert, 1979) and it was his
actions that led to the group being reformed following the events of May
68. 'Slon' is apparently the Russian word for elephant and also
the acronym of Société pour le Lancement des Oeuvres
Nouvelles. Van Wert also notes that SLON produced the
French-Medvedkin group as an offshoot after the shooting of Le Train en
marche (1971) and another collective in Besançon which resulted
from the SLON production of a film about a factory strike.
Finally "Marker's ciné-tract activity seems to have been resumed
in the print medium by way of two series of short bulletins on current
events put out by SLON - Nouvelle Société and On vous
parle." (Van Wert, pp. 45-6, n.3.) The group took a distinctly
anti-auteurist line and so in general specific directorial credit is not
clear, claimed, or probably particularly relevant. There has
been some suggestion that SLON at some later stage became the film
production/distribution company ISKRA (Van Wert, 1979).
Le Train en marche. (1971)
Les Hommes de la baleine. (1956)
vous dit que c'est possible. (1974)
Loin du Viêtnam. (1967)
Classe de lutte. (1969)
Kamera in der Fabrik. (1970)
régle à Simcaville. (1969)
Grève des travailleurs de Lip. (1972)
Le Deuxiéme procés d'Artur London. (1969)
Le Moindre geste. (1971)
Vive la baleine. (1972)
Jour de tournage. (1969)
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Last Updated, July 1995.
Miles, 1995. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.