An experimental travelogue, Sans soleil weaves together footage from all over the world to take the viewer on a philosophical journey into the nature of time and memory.
How to describe such an indescribable film? Chris Marker’s San Soleil is cinema as a stream-of-consciousness, the journey of an unseen hero around the globe and through the mind. Today, it is considered a pantheon masterpiece, a film that breaks free of documentary form into a world of its own.
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."
See this masterpiece by Chris Marker and it will completely change what you ever thought a documentary can be. Don't even ask me what this is a documentary about. To say that it is about "memory" is too vague, it is so much more than that. Perhaps it is about how our culture allows us to process memories that people have in common. I don't really know. Just watch, it's incredibly eloquent without being too specific
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