La jetée

La jetée

Sans soleil

DVD - 2007 | French
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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.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2007.
Edition: Guillame-approved special ed. widescreen format (1.661).
ISBN: 9781934121559
193412155X
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD FEATURE JET
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (44 p. : col., ill. ; 18 cm.)

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slinsenman
Oct 08, 2017

La Jetee was intelligent and packed an intriguing story into a single half hour. Unfortunately, I can't give this 5 stars because the accompanying film, Sans Soleil, was stomach churning at parts and I couldn't make myself finish it. Sans Soleil is listed as a travelogue, but it can't seem to choose between interesting cultural snapshots and slapping the viewer in the face with horrifying clips of slaughter.

NewYorkViews Feb 18, 2015

La Jet... is a great scifi horror about mind control and the thought police run by scientists in a nuclear post-World War 3--it is in black & white and is also an artistic film. It is a five star excellent film.

Sans Soleil is a drawn out film of modern travel film clips in color of mainly the working classes with a drawn out female narrative that is reading underlying depressing, and mostly negative propaganda that you would expect in a cheap, terrorist recruitment film. The short clip of the llama in Asia near the end was the sun in this film. Otherwise, I could not fully watch/listen through this movie.

xaipe Sep 14, 2012

This is one of my favorite movies though not for everyone. I first saw it in a class on French film theory at UC Berkeley back in 1982 (it was released in 1962). The director was the French writer, photographer, editor, videographer, digital multimedia artist and filmmaker Chris Marker. I was absolutely captivated by it then and still am. It remains a work of such originality, mystery, mastery and enigmatic plot, that I make a point to watch it at least once a year. It was made on a shoestring budget, is 27 minutes long, inspired Terry Gilliam’s movie “12 Monkeys” (far inferior to the original), has voice-over narration and eerie music, is composed of a series of black & white still photos (except for one 3-second interval), has astonishing composition in each frame, is an early sci-fi film without special effects, and is one of the most succinct, artful, tantalizing and thought-provoking movies I have ever seen. What is the future of mankind? What is the importance of love? What is left to hold onto in this world? All this in a memorable 27 minutes.

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