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Sans Soleil -- Sans Soleil is director Chris Marker's mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan.

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2 March 1983 (France) See more »
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(56 articles)
Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist
 (From The Playlist. 18 August 2014, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Watch: Breaking Down the Essay Film
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 18 August 2014, 10:28 AM, PDT)

Daily | Chris Marker @ Bam
 (From Keyframe. 15 August 2014, 5:27 AM, PDT)

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Cast

 
Florence Delay ... Narrator (French version) (voice)

Arielle Dombasle ... Herself
Riyoko Ikeda ... Narrator (Japanese version) (voice)
Charlotte Kerr ... Narrator (German version) (voice)

Kim Novak ... Herself / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton (archive footage)
Alexandra Stewart ... Narrator (English version) (voice)

James Stewart ... Himself / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
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Directed by
Chris Marker  (as Chris. Marker)
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Chris Marker  (as Chris. Marker)

Original Music by
Chris Marker  (as Michel Krasna)
 
Cinematography by
Chris Marker  (as Sandor Krasna)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Marker  (as Chris. Marker)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Camus .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Paul Bertault .... sound mixer
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Chris Marker .... special effects (as Hayao Yamaneko)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Cloquet .... assistant camera
Ghislain Cloquet .... assistant camera
Eric Dumage .... assistant camera
Dominique Gentil .... assistant camera
Jimmy Glasberg .... assistant camera
Kazuko Kawakita .... assistant camera
Pierre Lhomme .... assistant camera
Tom Luddy .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Adda .... assistant editor
Anne-Marie Lhote .... assistant editor
 
Thanks
Eugenio Bentivoglio .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Guerrilla in Bissau)
Jean-Michel Humeau .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Graduation Ceremony)
Mario Marret .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Guerrilla in Bissau)
Sana Na N'Hada .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Bissau Carnival)
Haroun Tazieff .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Iceland 1970)
Danièle Tessier .... acknowledgment: archive footage (segment: Death of a Giraffe)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sans soleil" - France (original title)
"Sunless" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"Without Sun" - International (English title)
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USA:100 min
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Black and White (archive footage) | Color
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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:Japanese horror movies have the cunning beauty of certain corpses.See more »
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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Better than Postcards, 7 October 2003
Author: Preston-10 from Phoenix, AZ

This is one of these self-indulgent movies where the main objective is for the artist to draw the audience into his world under the assumption that there's a mutual agreement that what we observe may appear too distant and unreachable to us. It's kind of like if your mother-in-law came back from visiting Europe and she starts showing you all of her pictures for 2 hours. Chris Marker isn't so crude, however, I always felt that when one is experiencing the culture of a distant land the medium of film was never the choice way to experience it. Rather, the exploration of different cultures when traveling must be experienced within the moment, rather than taking the moment with a camera and experiencing it at home. This is where Sans Soleil becomes a success or a failure in the eyes of the audience: do we live in the moment close to the same way the filmmaker does? This is something only you can answer when watching it. Personally, It was all over the map for me (no pun intended), I think the traveler has the gift of reading people and of showing how their culture has become a mirror for their lives.

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