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on January 25, 2016
SANS SOLEIL will wash over you in an awesome way. A hypnotic, impossible to classify travelogue through time and memory. The opening sequence ("...if they don't see happiness in the picture, at least they'll see the black...") might just be the greatest way a film has started. Ever.
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on September 3, 2017
La Jetee is the basis for 12 Monkeys - interesting film
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on May 31, 2014
Composed entirely of still images one after another shown for various durations (with one 3 second exception - watch for it) with narrations it tells it's story in a unique way. And a classic sci-fi story it is too! This film was the inspiration for Twelve Monkeys with Bruce Willis. Highest recommendation.
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on October 1, 2014
Bought it for La Jetee and was greatly surprised by Sans Soleil. La Jetee spawned Twelve Monkeys and who knows how many other time travel films. It's still great on its own. It's more of a slide-show than a "movie." Watch it over and over; very thought-provoking. How sad to hear of the director's passing.
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on December 3, 2013
I had never heard of this director before but i thought the premise of these films sounded interesting. such a great chance purchase. These films were both hypnotic and surreal. I watched in silence and fascination by the beautiful, touching, and at times sad images. This director just takes you into his world and doesnt let go until the end. What a keeper!
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on October 1, 2016
Superbe!!!
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on May 8, 2007
Simply stated, this disc features two of the greatest films of the 20th Century. La Jetee is often called a "science fiction" film while Sans Soleil is labeled as a "documentary", however both films defy these simple descriptions. While very different in form, both La Jetee and Sans Soleil will challenge your ideas of memory and time and spacial relationships. These films are absolutely critical viewing for discerning film fans. Kudos to Criterion for finally bringing these films to the U.S. I only wish that other films such as "La Mystere Koumiko" by Marker will follow.
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on July 2, 2012
I've always loved Marker's La Jetee and have chased a "perfect" copy for many years. From a horrible VHS bootleg to the first volume of The Short Cinema Journal to the Criterion DVD and, finally, the blu-ray. What a journey. This is indeed the "perfect " copy. However, with the increased resolution I find the slight waver of the images to be a bit distracting. Yea, I'm splitting hairs; I'm sure this is inherent in the original elements. Seems to me that with digital technology the frames could have been made truly static (after all, most of the film is made up of still photos). Aside from that, this is the one to own. It also fixes an audio glitch heard on previous (pre-Criterion) versions. San Soleil also looks great considering the source elements. Blu-ray ROCKS.
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on October 21, 2014
Got it in a very timely manner, and if you're reading this you already know its a great film. Criterion's extras are good as always.
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on December 6, 2014
This is an intriguing movie. If you liked 12 Monkeys, you will like this. If you hated 12 Monkeys, go buy something else.
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