Watch now


Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

La Jetée (1962) / Sans Soleil (1983) [DVD] [1966]

Hélène Chatelain , Arielle Dombasle , Chris Marker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.

LOVEFiLM By Post


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Hélène Chatelain, Arielle Dombasle, Davos Hanich, Jean Négroni, Alexandra Stewart
  • Directors: Chris Marker
  • Writers: Chris Marker
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nouveaux Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WW1R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

A Chris Marker double bill. 'La Jetee' is a science fiction short that takes a man from the future back to his childhood in pre-apocalypse Paris. His ability to make contact with a woman he once glimpsed may be humanity's last hope. The film makes use of still pictures to tell almost the entire story. It won first prize at the 1963 Trieste Film Festival and was the inspiration behind Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys'. Whilst 'Sans Soleil' is Marker's landmark avant-garde documentary which compiles exotic footage from across the globe to provide a collage of 'the dreams of the human race'. A fictionalised cameraman provides commentary on the images through the letters he writes to a woman.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD contains two of Chris Marker's works which contrast yet complement. Marker began as a photographer and writer in the 1950's, later moving into a cinematography which was highly idiosyncratic and highly influential.
"La Jetée" is in large part autobiographical, while exploring time travel and the reduction of life to frozen moments of time. It would be the basis for Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys". In a post-apocalyptic Paris, the survivors are driven underground where they experiment with time travel in order to save themselves. Told in a voice-over as you watch black and white stills flash before your eyes, the tale is at once riveting and disturbing. Your concentration shifts between audio and visual narrative, so it may be a film you need to watch two or three times to really experience it.
The film views like an animated tour through a picture gallery ... or a graphic novel. Only, you move at Marker's pace - you cannot dictate your own, you cannot stop to admire, you are driven relentlessly on. "La Jetée" alludes to Hitchcock's "Vertigo" - it makes reference to the tree rings scene - time here appearing as both circular and bounded, as a line to follow or a line to step across. You are forced to follow the rhythm and line of the moving film by stepping from still image to still image.
"Sans Soleil" continues the theme of time travel, again alluding to "Vertigo", with its concept of video postcards and letters being sent by some fictional traveller. Here Marker interweaves his own moving and still images with those of others. Again, Marker is combining a visual and an audio narrative, but this time with greater complexity and dynamism. It can be an exhausting watch/listen as you try to follow the momentum of sound and vision.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD contains two of Chris Marker's works which contrast yet complement. Marker began as a photographer and writer in the 1950's, later moving into a cinematography which was highly idiosyncratic and highly influential.
"La Jetée" is in large part autobiographical, while exploring time travel and the reduction of life to frozen moments of time. It would be the basis for Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys". In a post-apocalyptic Paris, the survivors are driven underground where they experiment with time travel in order to save themselves. Told in a voice-over as you watch black and white stills flash before your eyes, the tale is at once riveting and disturbing. Your concentration shifts between audio and visual narrative, so it may be a film you need to watch two or three times to really experience it.
The film views like an animated tour through a picture gallery ... or a graphic novel. Only, you move at Marker's pace - you cannot dictate your own, you cannot stop to admire, you are driven relentlessly on. "La Jetée" alludes to Hitchcock's "Vertigo" - it makes reference to the tree rings scene - time here appearing as both circular and bounded, as a line to follow or a line to step across. You are forced to follow the rhythm and line of the moving film by stepping from still image to still image.
"Sans Soleil" continues the theme of time travel, again alluding to "Vertigo", with its concept of video postcards and letters being sent by some fictional traveller. Here Marker interweaves his own moving and still images with those of others. Again, Marker is combining a visual and an audio narrative, but this time with greater complexity and dynamism. It can be an exhausting watch/listen as you try to follow the momentum of sound and vision.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece and then a manifesto 26 Jan 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first film is a dense little masterpiece in black and white without any budget nor special effects, or so few. A child sees something, some event he does not understand and the world is destroyed right after that. The child will survive and his memory with him. Years later he falls in the hands of a mad doctor who sends him in the past where he meets a woman and falls for her. Then the doctor sends him to the future and the man discovers the future is ready to accept them and that humanity has survived provided a few adaptations producing a world without any war, social problems and shortages. The traditional romantic idealism.

But one day the doctor sends him to the exact time of his recollection and he discovers that the child he was actually saw his own arrival there and his getting shot on the spot. You can then more or less, according to your morbidity, reflect on the meaning of this event: an outsider from the future arrives and is killed on the spot. Not bad at all. But worse indeed is the fact that we must have reached the sixth dimension since time works in both directions simultaneously and space is no longer in anyway two-dimensional and aging. Is that relativity the result of the fact we can look at any space and time from different points of view? The answer has to be positive of course. Post-modernism is the law. The present contains the future and is the future of the past it contains too.

The second film is the illustration of the letters of some traveler who travels a lot in Japan, some in Australia and from time to time in Africa, Guinea Bissau precisely. It is a film on rites and rituals having to do with life and death, trying to accommodate death so that we can survive a little bit more than expected.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sans Pareil as they say on the Boulevard St Michel
La Jetee is undoubtedly a formal triumph and its best to come to it without knowing anything in my view, so if you've no idea, I'm not going to spoil it by even hinting unlike... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mario
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but Blu-Ray disc does not play in Europe / UK
Recently received the Blu-Ray version as a US import from Criterion. The packaging looks great, but to my dismay I found out that it is a Region A disc which simply will not play... Read more
Published 9 months ago by konrad welz
1.0 out of 5 stars Product details misleading in information
In product details it states this DVD has English subtitles, however it is non existent. La Jetee comes with English voice over and French subtitles. Read more
Published 10 months ago by River
4.0 out of 5 stars best still images film
Though made quite a long time before, undoubtedly remains one of the best if not the best film so far made entirely from still images. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Azem Koleci
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional Film
Though La Jetee is only a short film, the story is told in a very unconventional style that makes one shock. It even pre-dates Matrix as some of the scene shows. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ipjackie
1.0 out of 5 stars jo oj jo
lets get serious for now. whatch a film in a subtitle but never whatch your money slide type. no! yes? who/ what/ where/ when
Published 22 months ago by GCD
5.0 out of 5 stars Help us find Chris Marker's shorts!
Chris Marker and short films (Varda, Resnais) by the Rive Gauche

Chris Marker (born 29 July 1921) is often associated with the Left Bank Cinema movement that occurred in... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Dr René Codoni
5.0 out of 5 stars striking and sincere, albeit cryptic.
Chris Marker (french born 1921) is a legendary film-maker in avant garde circles. La Jetee is credited as an inspiration to the Gilliam film 12 Monkeys. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by tallmanbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration
I am at a loss trying to describe my thoughts & feelings with this movie, as my mind struggles to grasp it in its full extent. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by N. Lazaridis
5.0 out of 5 stars Son was thrilled
I can't comment personally on this product as it was a gift for my son, but he was very pleased - especially as it turned out to be a double feature DVD!
Published on 9 April 2010 by Mrs. Veronica Murray
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback