Martin Teller's Movie Reviews

I watch movies, I write some crap

  • Recent Posts

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Meta

  • Advertisements

Sans Soleil

Posted by martinteller on November 21, 2007

More shades of Resnais, specifically Hiroshima Mon Amour with its abundant narration and of course the scenes of Japan.  Also, Last Year at Marienbad with its observations about memory.  And I felt traces of Welles’s F for Fake: a personalized, thoughtful, free-form documentary.  But that’s not to say that Marker is ripping off these films; his work feels wholly original.  Unfortunately, originality doesn’t count for everything, and what starts out as fascinating gradually becomes drop-dead boring.  Some of the bits about Japan were very interesting, but everything collapses under the weight of the voice-over.  I hate to use the word “pretentious”, so I will try to put it a different way… Marker is trying too hard to be “poetic”.  Every line seems like it’s trying to convey incredibly deep ideas, but few of them were thought-provoking.  By the last half hour, I was really struggling to stay focused on it.  Rating: 6

IMDb
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: