Sans soleil (Sunless)
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Titled after a song cycle by Mussorgsky, Sans Soleil is a 1982 nonlinear essay film by elusive documentary filmmaker Chris Marker. It's a collage of images gathered from Japan, Africa, Iceland, San Francisco, and France -- all presented without direct sound. The soundtrack consists of occasional spells of electronic music while an unseen woman's voice (Alexandra Stewart) narrates letters written by a possibly fictional traveler in poetic verse. Beginning with the phrase "He wrote me," each segment explores some philosophical inquiry of matters as broad as modern culture,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unforgettable movie."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sans soleil is more intuitive than rational, and that makes it a singular, overpowering experience."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For masochists only."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The amazing Sans Soleil more or less documents a trip to Tokyo, focusing on small moments and rituals as well as agreements between subject and camera."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There's little chance such a bizarre thinking man's film will have a wide appeal, but for those it reaches this is a one of a kind masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It challenges you to look at images with multiple contexts and ponder differing perspectives, which is really what film is all about in the end."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Sans Soleil makes up a tapestry of memories that questions the entire nature of memory, while celebrating that of cinema."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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