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Summary: Earth lies in ruin after a nuclear war. The few surviving humans begin researching time travel, hoping to send someone back to the pre-war world for food, supplies and maybe a solution to their dire position. One man is haunted by a vague childhood memory that will prove fateful. (imdb)
Not sure if this could be called a 'move'-ie. Think of it more like one of those slide shows your creepy uncle Bruce would show you of his trip to random museums, airports, and the post-apocalyptic future.
I'm not a big fan of the image montage, and while a lot of these pictures are beautiful and could probably fit nicely in an art gallery, I don't think it worked all that well on film. I can appreciate it but it's hard to enjoy.
Half hour short film. Very apparent that 12 monkeys stole this film's idea, but I wouldn't hold it against Gilliam: after all most films are a copy, more or less. Apart from the great plot, La Jetée has something unique (potential wake-up call for every so-so director): Marker proves (with ease) that the beauty of the cinema can be said in a simple mix of style and voice-over. A storyboard like this and you will never fail. Look for movement; it's there. Plot is everything. Composition likewise.
It's best sometimes not to read too much about a film, before exploring it; La Jetée caught me completely off guard, in good way of course. A story about time travel, society's survival and ultimately human experience, truly spellbinding.
The film is entirely still images with a narration, but those images are so effective that it still feels as if you're seeing the action, kind of like when reading a good book you form pictures of what you're reading. Marker gives you some amazing images and an interesting narration while your mind completes the picture for you, it was incredibly effective. The story itself was also quite creative and even though I should have seen it coming, the ending was very good and caught me by surprise.
La Jetée was released in 1962 (four years after Vertigo, which inspired Marker greatly). It consists almost entirely of still photos, telling a story of the world after nuclear war. The absence of movement means you can%u2019t look away for a second. Although there is spoken narration, the photos are the key, and each one feels crucial, so you stare at the screen, absorbing every still. La Jetée is not a movie you can half-watch while doing something else.
I liked the story, but I definitively didn't like the way they told it. The still pictures aren't that bad, but the mix with that omnipresent narrator looks extremely pedant and tedious. I watched it because of '12 Monkeys', and there are quite a few things I didn't like about that 'remake', but not a single one was better in the original, and '12 Monkeys' add a few interesting ones to this.
Great story (which btw inspired Terry Gilliam to do '12 Monkeys') with an interesting "film" style. It cannot really be called a moving picture, but rather a filmed graphic novel. However, a very unusual experience. Try it.
The story is interesting, but the still pictures experiment doesn't really work, I'm afraid. Some of the photographs are very beautiful, though - it would have made a fantastic comic book. As a film, however, it is rather boring. But you know, I can imagine a talented director could use "La Jetée" as an inspiration for an extraordinary film. Preferrably starring Bruce Willis.
The film being made up almost entirely of still images is most definitely not a simple gimmick but is essential to the film's effect as it both makes what you see seem either like something out of a memory or seem disorientating depending on the context of the scene. Beats out the later adaptation of La Jetee, Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, with Marker's film being more ambitious, audacious, beautiful, captivating, thought-provoking and dreamlike.