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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Sans Soleil (Sunless in English) is a 1983 film by French director Chris Marker. The title is taken from the song cycle Sunless by Modest Mussorgsky.

Stretching the genre of documentary, this experimental film is a rich composition of thoughts, images and scenes, mainly from Japan and Guinea-Bissau, "two extreme poles of survival". Some other scenes were filmed in Iceland, Paris, and San Francisco. A female narrator reads from letters supposedly sent to her by the (fictitious) cameraman Sandor Krasna. Much of the text revolves around the notion of memory. The sequence in San Francisco heavily references Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

Its closest Anglophone counterpart is Ghost Dance.

See also

literary mystification




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