An unnamed woman narrates the letters and philosophical reflections of an invisible world traveler accompanied by footage of Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Iceland, Paris, San Francisco and, most significantly, Tokyo—a city whose people, streets, malls and temples inspire the traveler’s observations.
How to describe such an indescribable film? Chris Marker’s Sans soleil is cinema as stream of consciousness, following the journey of an unseen hero around the globe and into the mind. Today, it is considered a masterpiece: a film that breaks free of the documentary form and into a world of its own.
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Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
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Steven Sebring, 2008, United States
Stuart Samuels, 2005, Canada
Agnès Varda, 2008, France
Jonathan Caouette, 2003, United States
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