Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Sans Soleil Geo-temporal Map

Sans Soleil Geo-temporal Map

This enigmatic diagram was found at the Pacific Film Archive in 1990. It seems to provide a kind of map for the locations and temporal flow of Sans Soleil. We welcome your interpretations. Click the image for a larger view.


  • I like the division of the work into five acts – but whose idea is that? There are similarities with several musical forms too – theme and variations, rondo, maybe even sonata form.

  • Nice reflections, thanks. I was getting lonely with no comments of late…:< I wonder if there might be some subterranean correlation with the Mussorgsky piece that the movie is named after?

    Sunless (Russian: Без солнца, Bez Solntsa, literally Without Sun) is a song cycle by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, written in 1874, to poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov, a relative of the composer.

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