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Sans Soleil with La Jetee

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19104
  • Friday June 17th 2011

Sans Soleil, dir. Chris Marker, France, 1983, 35mm, 100 mins, color, narrated in English by Alexandra Stewart. Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan. Preceded by La Jetée, dir. Chris Marker, France, 1962, 16mm, 28mins. b/w, French w/ English subtitles. The film that inspired Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, Marker’s La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images. Introduced by archivist Paul Lewis. Paul Lewis presents a visual introduction to filmmaker Chris Marker’s fascinating bibliography with books from his collection. The majority of Marker’s printed work is unknown to even the most dedicated fans of his films due to scarcity and the fact that it is printed almost exclusively in French. 

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