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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.

Director:

Chris Marker (as Chris. Marker)

Writer:

Chris Marker (as Chris. Marker)
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Credited cast:
Florence Delay Florence Delay ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Arielle Dombasle ... Self
Riyoko Ikeda Riyoko Ikeda ... Narrator (Japanese version) (voice)
Charlotte Kerr ... Narrator (German version) (voice)
Kim Novak ... Self / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton (archive footage)
Alexandra Stewart ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
James Stewart ... Self / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
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Storyline

"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

Certificate:

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The narration refers to the year 4001 and the 40th century. But the year 4001 will belong to the 41st century, not the 40th. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: He wrote me: curiosity of course, and the glimmer of industrial espionage in the eye-I imagine them bringing out within two years time a more efficient and less expensive version of Catholicism-but there's also the fascination associated with the sacred, even when it's someone else's.
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An amazement
26 January 2000 | by cromwell-3See all my reviews

I've only seen this film twice, both on the same day, nearly fifteen years ago; and yet its poetic-philosophical themes, its melancholy, its images still remain with me. Viewing it was an intensely personal experience; I find myself a little startled to find that other people have seen it. I find myself plagiarising it constantly; I think of it at odd times (when I accidentally catch someone's eyes and immediately look away; whenever I visit San Francisco); it is a work of lingering and subtle beauty that percolates through my bloodstream, informing the hours and days, changing the things and ways I see...


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Country:

France

Release Date:

2 March 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,460, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$30,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,878
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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