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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)
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.
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.
In this exceedingly beautiful film the origins of cinema as a theatrical form is inverted; photograph to photograph are displayed belying the cinematic nature of motion, deceptively destroying the incantation of matter. Time is imprisoned in vials of amber as the finality of each somber image sets its last course. If there ever was a filmmaker who thoroughly imbued the spirit of auteur theory in every facet it would be Marker. Words cannot even begin to express the anguish of this visual poetry.
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.
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.
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.
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.