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La Jetee/Sans Soleil [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 19769979
  • Release Date: 02/07/2012
  • Rating: NR
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    Special Features


    • Restored high-definition digital transfers, approved by Director Chris Marker, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
    • Two interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
    • Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by Filmmaker and Critic Chris Darke
    • Two excerpt from the French television series Court-circuit (Le Magazine): a look at David Bowie's music video for the song "Jump They Say", inspired by La Jetée, and an analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influence on Marker
    • Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker, Frank Simone, and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Marker scholar Catherine Lupton, an interview with Marker, notes on the films and filmmaking by Marker, and more

    Synopsis


    La jetée
    The movie that inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Chris Marker's La jetée is a landmark of science-fiction filmmaking, a 28-minute masterpiece told almost entirely in still frames. Set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, it tells the story of an unnamed man whose vivid childhood recollections make him the perfect guinea pig for an experiment in time travel. After a lengthy and nightmarish period of conditioning, he is sent into the past, where he falls in love with a woman whom he once saw on a pier. At the experiment's conclusion, he is visited by an advanced race, who offer him the opportunity to journey into their future world, but he instead requests that they send him permanently into the past, where he can remain with the woman of his dreams. A singular experience. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

    Sans Soleil
    Titled after a song cycle by Mussorgsky, Sans Soleil is a 1982 nonlinear essay film by elusive documentary filmmaker Chris Marker. It's a collage of images gathered from Japan, Africa, Iceland, San Francisco, and France -- all presented without direct sound. The soundtrack consists of occasional spells of electronic music while an unseen woman's voice (Alexandra Stewart) narrates letters written by a possibly fictional traveler in poetic verse. Beginning with the phrase "He wrote me," each segment explores some philosophical inquiry of matters as broad as modern culture, technology, consciousness, Japanese television, and even the act of filming itself. Some of the first images include children in Iceland, a ferry in Hokkido, a carnival in Guinea-Bissau, girls in Cape Verde, and a shrine to cats in Tokyo. There's also a creepy JFK robot, petrified animals left by desert drought, and teenagers dancing in a public square. The seemingly miscellaneous footage is made up of archive clips, synthesized video sequences, and some images collected by Marker's colleagues. It's randomly assembled, jumping from one continent to another in the same breath. It remains one of the director's masterpiece accomplishments. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Jean Negroni - Narrator
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      Étienne Becker
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      Jacques Ledoux - The Experimentor
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      Helene Chatelain - The Woman



    Customer rating

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      Influential and transcendent

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      coldmist
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      La Jetee is an important film that is worth seeing for the immense influence it had on later sci-fi films. The true gem of this Blu-ray though is Sans Soleil which is one of the most profound and beautiful films I have ever seen. I highly recommend this to anyone who looks for something deeper from films and art than just mere entertainment. This is an incredible Blu-ray release from the Criterion Collection. The video/audio quality, on-disc extras, and booklet are all excellent.

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