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In 1997, for its fiftieth anniversary, the Cannes Film Festival asked director Leos Carax for a short film; a visual postcard addressed to the festival in which the director could give news of himself and of his current project, Pola X.

This official explanation almost suggests some slight, vaguely conventional documentary-like film piece, in which the filmmaker could pay lip-service to the festival organisers and discuss some of the greater trials and tribulations involved in getting his project off the ground. Instead, Sans Titre (1997) is a film that not only works in its own right – drawing us in with an enigmatic story presented in an entirely visual way – but also complimenting the themes and ideas behind the underrated masterwork that is Pola X, in such a way as to make it entirely essential.

The themes of family, alienation, loss, disconnection, late night melancholy turned creativity, secrets and lies are all familiar from Pola X, with darker implications of the incestuous notions suggested by that film’s source novel, Herman Melville’s Pierre: or, The Ambiguities. Even the footage from other films – mostly of flickering black and white moments of crippling melodrama from silent cinema – present these same themes and ideas as well as endearing Carax – always a provocative figure within the wider context of French cinema – as a film artist equal to the superior likes of Godard, Welles, Fassbinder, Tsukamoto, von Trier and Kieslowski.

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