Sans Soleil (1983)

Throughout this semester we have been watching films that are vague in their meanings (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel, 1972) but none have been as difficult to interpret as Sans Soleil. This film is a collection of random shots mostly taken from Africa and Japan. It bought to light for many the lifestyles of people from these areas and the contrast between “civilized” lives in Asia as compared to a “barbaric” lifestyle in Africa. And then came scenes that were difficult to watch and did not have much sense in being shown such as the shooting and death of a giraffe followed by its consumption by vultures. Later images of San Francisco are shown and the area where Alfred Hitchcock filmed his classic Vertigo is shown with admiration to the work. Overall I respect the idea of the film, which is to show life on earth and memory (which I believe was shown when shots of the location where Hitchcock had filmed his work were shown) but I had trouble understanding its concept and really did not enjoy watching it.

Work Cited

http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2009/03/the-humanists-chris-markers-sans-soleil-1983.html

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