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Martin Kessler is joined by Jon Laubinger and Jason Beamish to discuss Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil. A film that seems to defy classification, they consider whether it’s a documentary, travelogue, essay, poem, or survival guid for the 21st century. They examine its varied images, and look for meaning in its unexpected juxtapositions and distortions of reality, and consider it it’s worthy of its 69th place on the Sight & Sound List (or maybe a Nobel prize).

And then they close things out with their final notes of positivity:





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1 Comment

  1. I had fun listening to you guys talking about one of my favorites of all time and I do agree that it’s not really a documentary or that’s not how we should really viewed it. It’s a hit and run movie where a fragment of time hits us and run. And us in our own existence are bound to someday try and track it down and follow its trail to try and find the roots and the origin of that fragment, to find a meaning which we lost sight of in a moment we thought drifting away is a choice when it’s really a style of living thrust upon us by this senseless world.

    I would like to recommend you guys to check out Ferdinand Khittl’s The Parallel Street. It came out in 1962 and and Jacques Rivette named it one of the most important films of 1968. I like to think that it had an influence on Marker while making Sans Soleil, in a sense that Khittl put down the dots which Marker connected it later in Sans Soleil. That’s just how I viewed both films and I’d love to know what you guys think of The Parallel Street and maybe discuss it here later.

    Thanks guys and have a nice day.

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