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La jetée

Sans soleil
(DVD - 2007 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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La jetée: An unnamed man experiments with time travel, in hopes of finding a solutions to the problems of his post-apocalyptic home era. Narrated almost entirely using black-and-white still photographs. Sans soleil: Actress Alexandra Stewart reads and comments on the letters she receives from (fictional) Sandor Krasna, a world-traveling freelance cameraman. Explores the immense diversity of the human species and its differing societies.
Title: La jetée
Sans soleil
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007
Edition: Guillame-approved special ed. widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., b&w and col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: "Two films by Chris Marker"--Container
Special features: video interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin (from 2005); "Chris on Chris" (a video piece on Marker by writer Chris Darke, 10 min.); two excerpts from the French TV series "Court-circuit (le magazine)" directed by Luc Lagier (a 2 min. long look at David Bowie's 1993 music video for "Jump they say", which was inspired by "La jetée" & a 9 min. long analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and its influence on Marker)
"Enhanced for 16:9 televisions" -- Disc label
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: La jetée (1963, 27 min.) / Argos-Films présente ; avec la participation du Service de la Recherche de la R.T.F. ; un photo-roman de Chris Marker
Sans soleil = Sunless (1983, 103 min.) / conception and editing, Chris Marker
Summary: La jetée: An unnamed man experiments with time travel, in hopes of finding a solutions to the problems of his post-apocalyptic home era. Narrated almost entirely using black-and-white still photographs.
Sans soleil: Actress Alexandra Stewart reads and comments on the letters she receives from (fictional) Sandor Krasna, a world-traveling freelance cameraman. Explores the immense diversity of the human species and its differing societies.
ISBN: 193412155X
9781934121559
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign JETEE
Credits: La jetée: Editing, Jean Ravel ; music by Trevor Duncan.
Performers: ["Cast for La jetée: Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux, André Heinrich, Jacques Branchu ; narrated by Jean Negroni.<br/>", "Sans soleil: Letters read by Alexandra Stewart.<br/>"]
System Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono
Other Language: French or English soundtracks , with optional English subtitles
Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Subject Headings: Time travel Drama Photographers Drama
Genre/Form: Experimental films
Short films
Science fiction films
Feature films
Documentary-style films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Time travel
Photographers
French language edition
Publisher No: CC1694D Criterion Collection
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This experimental film was the inspiration for '12 Monkeys.' An unnamed man attempts time travel in hopes of finding a solutions to the problems of his post-apocalyptic home era.


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Aug 17, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This double-feature from hell consists of 2 films, both directed by French film-maker, Chris Marker. They are spaced 20 years apart (1963/1983). And they clearly showed me that in that period of time Marker didn't improve one-bit as a director. In fact, I'd say he got worse.

Feature #1 - La Jetee (1963) is a horribly dry and uninspired Sci-Fi story which takes place at the onset of WW3.

There are no spectacular images in this film. There is no dialogue, either (only narration). There is no live action. It is all just b&w stills whose images are all recycled more than once. (Thank goodness this film's running time was only 27 minutes)

La Jetee's story is neither deep nor philosophical. Although I strongly suspect that director Marker believed himself to be creating a real masterpiece of cinematic intellectualism.

Feature #2 - Sans Soleil (1983) was also a tedious bore. It was also without dialogue (only narration) and had a gruelling running time of 100 minutes.

Shot in color, this film's imagery was live-action, showing endlessly repetitive activity in urban Japan.

It's too bad that there is nothing memorable for me to say about any of this junk.

The only way I found I could endure this dismally dreary double-feature was to watch it in fast-forward mode.

Jul 15, 2013
  • nptphoto rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Awful. Overrated crap.

Nov 20, 2012
  • yumsushi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

La jetee is definitely the most interesting of the two features. I can definitely see how it inspired 12 Monkeys. It was a little slow but the ending was great.

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Mar 03, 2010
  • hollya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chris Marker Documentary

&quot;A 10 min doc in English about unique French director Chris Marker, the man behind 'La Jetée' and 'Sans Soleil' aka. 'Sunless'. Includes Michael Shamberg and Terry Gilliam interviews. Enjoy!&quot; - Youtube user Friday13th1

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