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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.


Chris Marker (as Chris. Marker)


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)


"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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Title translation: Without Sun. See more »


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 »


Narrator: As for the students, some massacred each other in the mountains in the name of revolutionary purity, while others had studied capitalism so thoroughly to fight it that they now provide it with its best executives.
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References Brigadoon (1954) See more »

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save this film for a day when you have energy
16 July 1999 | by flippoSee all my reviews

I must be brief. This documentary, which splices in cuts from Vertigo and from some guerrilla films, is definitely worth seeing. Though a student of French literature, and therefore habitually and terminally bored by pretentious studies of memory, this movie is remarkable in the way it makes connections across continents through the filmmaker's memory, extended as it is by the visual images he has stored on film. To put it disrespectfully, there is a lot of eye candy in this film, some of which is extremely beautiful ... the computer graphics towards the end might even remind Cocteau fans of some of scenes from Blood of a Poet (these, though, were what I found to be a bit over the top). So far I have only seen this film once, and so many of the memories that it prodded just three weeks ago have faded, like for example the name of the composer whose Bez Solntse inspired the title, and the documentary on volcanic activity I saw somewhere sometime which was echoed in the section filmed in Finland. In any case, this film will give you insight into the fascinating co-existence of traditional and modern culture in Japan. This struck home with me because I lived in Asia during the 80s when the technology of video-games, computers, and stereophonic luxe were exploding in the very same culture in which colorful Hindu and golden Buddhist temples w/ smoking incense, bird-singing contests and kite races were popular Sunday diversions from production. Bref, a fabulous film. As others have suggested, be prepared to suspend the Hollywood mindset for this treat.

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Release Date:

2 March 1983 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,460, 12 October 2003

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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