La jetée

Sans soleil

DVD - 2007 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
La jetée
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.

Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007
Edition: Guillame-approved special ed. widescreen presentation
ISBN: 193412155X
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign JETEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., b&w and col. ;,4 3/4 in


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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.

Jan 06, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

pushed me to the edges of my awareness and understanding of film. very interesting and challenging. an essay with images.

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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