Title: Sans Soleil
Release Date: March 2, 1983
Director: Chris Marker
Production Company: Argos Films
Sans Soleil is classified as a documentary but it’s really more of a series of vignettes and video essays arranged in an experimental matter. It is the work of Chris Marker, creator of the equally experimental La Jetée, who presents himself as a fictional traveler who has sent his film to be described by the narrator (Alexandra Stewart). The original footage is largely from Japan, with a loose discussion of Japanese culture and customs, but also includes filmed in Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Iceland, Paris, and San Francisco. The San Francisco segment is from a sequence that feels like a non-sequitur as the filmmaker visits sites from Vertigo. I was up too late watching this film and started drifting off to sleep which I think only helped to accentuate the dreamlike qualities of this strange and wonderful film.
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