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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.
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.
A powerful, albeit unusual, method of storytelling. The stills are very effective at setting the mood, but some of them look a little amateurish and there are too many shots of the guy with the mask over his face.
La Jetée as a movie is one of the most interesting I’ve encountered. Virtually the whole movie involves narrating still shots. While this sounds like a glorified slideshow, its anything but. The pacing is magnificent. The mood created is truly immersive. In a truly astounding feat, Marker traps the viewer in this "slide show" mentality, and then, as the movie is discussing whether the character can decipher what’s real or not, he pulls the run out from under us.
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.
Although I found it very difficult to get used to the slide-show style of the film, I must admit that in terms of executing the story, the filmmakers did a very respectable amount with very little. A fascinating precursor to 12 Monkeys that any fan of that movie should check out.
Forever linked with two bits of data: it's told entirely (except for about 4 seconds) in still images, and it's the inspiration for Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. I confess I was a bit less than impressed when I saw it about 7 years ago, now I'm more charmed by it. The still photography is a clever idea that makes it seem like a piece of history, a future archaeology. And the story is mysterious and engaging, with a kind of contemplative Resnais feel to it. Just the right length, too.
Yet another great film about memories. The still image montage technique Marker uses here is appropriate to the point of genius. The plot is very clever and the "remembering = time travel" angle is cool, but personally I was more interested in the more earthly scenes with the main character and his dream woman. I'm all about those simple yet dreamlike pictures, and the beautiful, ghostly musical accompaniment.
I re-watched this short film after 5 years. It didn't affect me as much as the first time, but it struck me how well sound and music are used. It's really unfair to compare it to "12 monkeys" (or other way around). It's experimental cinema, very different from traditional 25 frames-per-second narratives, but even more effective and captivating.