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La jetée
9.0
/10
26,419 Ratings

LA JETÉE

Directed by Chris Marker
France, 1962
Romance, Sci-Fi, Short

Synopsis

Post-World War III, Paris lies in ruins. A scientist researching time travel hopes to send subjects to various time periods, and finds a suitable subject in a prisoner with a vivid pre-war childhood memory. The prisoner travels in time, and comes to understand the incident he witnessed as a child.

Synopsis

Post-World War III, Paris lies in ruins. A scientist researching time travel hopes to send subjects to various time periods, and finds a suitable subject in a prisoner with a vivid pre-war childhood memory. The prisoner travels in time, and comes to understand the incident he witnessed as a child.

Our take

Chris Marker’s game-changing photo-roman is an inventive distillation of cinema, combining montage and voiceover to create a recursive stream of melancholic memories and striking fragments. Forget about special effects: this ingenious vision of science-fiction embraces the power of the imagination.