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10,043 Ratings

La jetée

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

Synopsis

An influential and radical French sci-fi from 1962. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel.

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La jetée Directed by Chris Marker
There is the film that gets my vote for the greatest short film ever made, and which for some reason is never discussed as a horror film. La Jetée, Chris Marker’s structurally adventurous, aesthetically sublime 1962 dispatch from the margins of the French New Wave is often referred to as science fiction, and it has all the hallmarks. Yet for this viewer at least, those generic touchstones—time travel, post-apocalypse, fiendish experiments, existential terror—read just as easily as horrific.
October 25, 2016
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The reinsertion of the still image within European cinema was heralded in magisterial fashion by the production of Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1961). This remarkable instantiation of the catastrophic imagination projects in still images the posterity of nuclear destruction, a world in which the memory of the past is, with difficulty and in pain, by strenuous effort, only partially retrievable.
January 01, 1989
It’s somewhere in between the photographic and the cinematic that the singular effect of La Jetée is crafted. Marker’s subtraction of cinema’s ostensibly essential kernel, the moving image, has the effect of making the film’s viewer uncannily sensible to the fact of watching a film, of getting marked by it, and moving with it.
August 03, 2016
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