Director Chris Marker shows not just the cultural differences in a political or social context but showing images that quickens both heart and mind. This is not your run of the mill travelogue, Marker instead turns filmmaking into descriptive, visual essays; expressing his inner most (subjective) thoughts, linking and intercutting with imagery from his travels around the world.
Sans Soleil eludes traditional categorization, but this is an astounding work of mixed-media art. Chris Marker weaves an intimate personal essay linking human experience across many places and various understandings of time. Themes of memory and the banality of life are especially prominent, and the juxtaposition of images is just remarkable. "I spent the day in front of the tv - that memory box."
Overwhelming. Often opaque, but necessarily and compellingly so; it makes you feel like a tourist among your own species. The futility of film: we're desperate to capture and preserve emotions, images, times, places, people, but all we can do is filter and repackage experiences. We toil for imitations that will never fully satisfy.
how people who don´t make photos and films remember, he wonders. and i´ve been wondering throughout the film, how much the atmosphere and entire film at that matter, would be different if only narration was different. what is the filmed image without our relation to that image? and our relation can´t be digitized and stored in some archives where no one even wipes the dust. if image is a symbol, a code, a language
About halfway in I realized I had seen this movie before, but never knew what it was. I caught dribs and drabs and thought it a documentary on Japan. It's way more than that. It's a cultural comparison and spoken meditations on what we can and cannot know or understand. It bewilders me a bit how Japan went from Samurai swords to 'Hello Kitty'.