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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Delay Florence Delay ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Arielle Dombasle ... Herself
Riyoko Ikeda 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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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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Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Release Date:

2 March 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sans Soleil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,899, 5 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,878, 7 December 2003
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Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Narrator: He used to write me from Africa. He contrasted African time to European time, and also to Asian time. He said that in the 19th century mankind had come to terms with space, and that the great question of the 20th was the coexistence of different concepts of time.
Narrator: By the way, did you know that there are emus in the Île de France?
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A film that can make earth seem like a strange and foreign planet
30 June 2005 | by joelohSee 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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