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Sans Soleil (1983)

Sans soleil (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 2 March 1983 (France)
A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

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(as Chris. Marker)

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(as Chris. Marker)
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Credited cast:
Florence Delay ...
Narrator (French version) (voice)
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Herself
Riyoko Ikeda ...
Narrator (Japanese version) (voice)
Charlotte Kerr ...
Narrator (German version) (voice)
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Herself / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton (archive footage)
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Himself / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, and San Francisco. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Drama

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Opening Weekend:

$1,899 (USA) (5 December 2003)

Gross:

$30,878 (USA) (7 December 2003)
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1.66 : 1
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The narration refers to the Japanese word "Tora" as the name of an individual pet cat. The literal translation of the word "Tora" in English is "Tiger". See more »

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Narrator: The small bar in Shinjuku reminded him of that Indian flute whose sound can only be heard by whomever is playing it. He might have cried out if it was in aGodard film or a Shakespeare play, "Where should this music be?"
Narrator: Later he told me he had eaten at the restaurant in Nishi-nippori where Mr. Yamada practices the difficult art of 'action cooking.' He said that by watching carefully Mr. Yamada's gestures and his way of mixing the ingredients one could meditate usefully on certain fundamental ...
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A film that can make earth seem like a strange and foreign planet
30 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A poetic and rambling essay film, in the form of a letter from a lost and lonely traveller. Chris Marker lets his mind and camera roam through the landscape of early eighties Japan, and his imagination drift across the world. Memory history and emotion blend into a loving study of human existence. The film's form is loose and sprawling and it it almost impossible to try to follow it in any linear fashion. Instead it washes across the surface of you conscious mind, occasionally burrowing deep with images you can never forget. It is a completely unique film and is inspiring in its ability to bring the political, the philosophical and the poetic together on screen. Chris Marker is one of the unsung greats of film history.


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