During the Parisian protests of 1968, students scrawled on the walls "the Sorbonne should be razed and Chris Marker put in its place. "After watching "Sans Soleil," you can understand the sentiment. The movie is a dizzyingly dense extended essay cut against a montage of footage shot in such far-flung places as Japan, Iceland, and Guinea-Bissau. Part travelogue, part science-fiction movie, part meditation on the nature of memory, "Sans Soleil" is a mesmerizing, elusive, and illuminating experience that all but demands repeated viewings. Criterion Collection
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