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La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Top Customer Reviews
We view only one still photo at a time and we assign meaning only because the narrator tells us the significance of each. It doesn't sound like much to describe it so and yet because the technology is so primtive we are somehow less distracted than we would be were this a full-fledged cinematic production with action sequences and a pulsing soundtrack. This is basically a slide-show and that is the key to this films appeal. This film essay works because it asks for a different kind of attention than we are used to giving films. La Jetee asks for a much more personal kind of attention, the kind of attention we give to our own photo albums, slide shows and dreams. But, also, since many of the images look like they could have come from LIFE or National Geographic there is also a kind of generic quality to the slide show and we are lulled into a kind of attentive trance as we get the feeling that Marker is making a connection between our own personal memories/dreams/markers and the generic memories/dreams/markers of the culture at large.Read more ›
I'm not terribly sure what I can say about Chris Marker's La Jetee that hasn't been said by just about everyone else, so I'll keep this short. You probably already know this, but if you don't, it was the inspiration for David and Janet Peoples' screenplay for the Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys, rightly considered by the various-and-sundry on the IMDB message boards to be one of the top 250 movies of all time. (Interestingly, La Jetee has a slightly higher numerical rating; it lacks enough votes to secure a top-250 placing.) But where Gilliam molded the storyline into his most accessible (and commercially successful) film, Marker seemed to have no interest at all in making something accessible, or even likable; it's hard, in fact, to even call La Jetee a film, in the sense we know the word. That, of course, makes it all the more enchanting.
The story (if you haven't seen 12 Monkeys, a quick synopsis: a guy is sent through time in order to try and prevent the war that effectively ended civilization on Earth) is told, with one stunning exception, in a series of still images, over which there is narration. A story is being told, with accompanying pictures. The film, which clocks in at only twenty-eight minutes, barely draws the outline of this story, leaving the viewer to fill in as many of the blanks as he or she wishes. It's a bold move, and when it doesn't work, it's awful. Here, it works on every level it can.
If it were just that, it would be a good movie. Interesting. A nice idea with a cool experimental sheen to it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
La Jettee is only about 20 minutes long, but it conveys everything it needs to convey in that time. I saw the movie once before, on VHS, which was grainy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry Thayer
SANS SOLEIL will wash over you in an awesome way. A hypnotic, impossible to classify travelogue through time and memory. The opening sequence ("... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Blu-Raid
This is not a review of the DVD, which I won't purchase until I have assurance that the single shot with motion is sufficiently lit to be visible to the viewer without my having to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Giuseppe C.
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Let me start by saying that if this blu ray only contained La Jetee, then I would still give it five stars. La Jetee is beautiful, imaginative, and haunting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A-Ron
if you buy this movie, learn from my mistakes and keep it far, far away from your kleptomaniac roomatesPublished 16 months ago by pam a lamb
Art film lovers candy! I've seen it four times since it was released and always enjoy it.Published 18 months ago by Masa K. Maeda
This is an intriguing movie. If you liked 12 Monkeys, you will like this. If you hated 12 Monkeys, go buy something else.Published 19 months ago by Chicago Slim
Sans Soleil seems fine, but something is wrong with the shorter movie.
Basically, except for a brief section, the scenes jump from one frozen image to another. Read more
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