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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)
Wow. An amazing piece of cinema focused on our memories, their creation, the spaces between them, and our absorption in them. Marker uses the technique of still photographs to perfection, as the unseen movements create a mystery exactly appropriate to memory. And the music, the strangely recorded voice over, and of course, the beautiful photographs all combine to create one of the most distinctive and engrossing films ever made.
the story leaves much to be asked, with nearly cryptic narration it is set up to fail with no cohesive visuals. i have to say though if you were going to pull off a movie with only still images you're going to have to excel in every other way, which this does not.
Amazing short film about 12 time traveling monkeys that spread the apocalypse via a Terry Gilliam movie starring Brad Pitt. A must see if your a fan of still frame pictures moving at very high frame rates.
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.
Probably my favorite short ever, and not just because it was what 12 Monkeys was based on. The style is very unique as it's just photos with music and a voice-over instead of the normal moving cinema. Hearing that you'd think it might detach the viewer, but it's actually incredibly compelling.