‘What Five-Car Pileup?’

Chris Marker's (Paris, May 1968) Photo: Image courtesy of Peter Blum, New York.

Famed French director Chris Marker (you know, the La Jetée! Sans Soleil! guy?) has a series of vintage shots up at both Peter Blum locations (Chelsea and Soho) through November 1. This image, Gay Lussac, taken in sixties-era Paris, strikes us as particularly melancholy. The French take a lot of heat when it comes to their bad attitudes, but, sadly, we think New Yorkers might have reacted the same way. —Rachel Wolff