March 21, 2011

Sans Soleil (1983) + Tokyo-Ga 東京画(1985)


When in Japan, Andy and I felt like Scottie (James Stewart) in Hitchcock's "Vertigo".  We were voyeurs of a culture we didn't fully understand walking around in a dream like state, totally unaware of what day it was, running around chasing nothing.

So I went searching for other people who had felt that way while traveling, and specifically people viewing Japanese culture from the outside.
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I have been enormously touched by two films, Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders and Sans Soleil by Chris Marker.  These are really insightful and both connected in many ways -check them out!

Alice Liddel :
'Sans Soleil' ... is full of documentary images, snapshots from the faraway places Marker visits. The film is full of the observations of the filmmaker about the cultures he observes.

... where all time is the same, and therefore irrelevant, just as Scottie Ferguson wanders around dazed, in a loop of fantasy and distorted memory.


'Soleil' is anything but bleak - its stories, myths, cultural tidbits, observations are unfailingly entertaining. Krasna compares the overcultured, saturated Japan to the timeless emptiness of Africa, to the spooky otherworldliness of Iceland, as his 'objective' narrative becomes increasingly a personal odyssey .... In its focusing on the minutae, the forgotten, the arcane, the ephemeral, the back alleys, the garbage,... an apocalyptic vision teeming with life.
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In Tokyo-Ga, Wenders visits LA JETEE, a Shinjuku underground spot for film makers and rogue artists named for Chris Marker's 1963 film.  A place to which Coppolla, Tarrantino, Juliette Binoche and lots of others have all made pilgrimage.  I think we should all go there, what do you say?

4 comments:

  1. I will definitely check these out. Thanks!

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  2. Sans Soleil sounds awesome, do you know if either of these are on netflix instant? :O

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  3. Ooh I've never heard of these movies before. Adding them to my list of movies for rainy days, which I've been having quite a lot of.

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  4. Thanks guys :)

    I'm not sure if they are on Insant Netflix, we actually found them at the library!

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