Notes on Sans Soleil

1 “I’ve been around the world several times, and now only banality still interests me.”  At the beginning of Chris Marker’s Sans soleil (1983), a voice tells us, “He wrote” this. “He”:  Marker?  We have no ...

Blood from a Stone

It’s a difficult enough task to film New York.  I do not mean by this, of course, to set all or part of a film in New York, as so many have done who neither deeply know nor particularly love the place (The Adju...

The Wages of Fear

“Let me tell you the story”, Henri-Georges Clouzot appears to be offering in Le Salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear, 1953), “of four strange men. Four lonely men, and their intertwined fate.” Not friends as m...