Directed by Chris Marker
Running time: 28 minutes
I saw this film first in the 60's and it continues to haunt me. The realisation of time and space as axial co-ordinates and the impossibility of the translation of human life to another planet which allows only time as a means of escape is its thesis. A meditation on time told in sills ( with only one brief moving frame itself at the threshold of sleep and wakefulness) :this is a collage held together by narrative, a multilayered soundtrack and stark black and white photography, this is a movie about memory, love and hope in the context of distopia.
Antony Gormley 2013
La Jetée (1962) is possibly the most well known of French artist and director Chris Marker's films. A science-fiction mini-feature, it is constructed almost entirely of black and white still photos combined with only a brief 35mm movie shot, collaged together as a fast-paced montage. In the words of the film's narrator, La Jetée is the story of “a man marked by an image from his childhood”. Davos Hanich is 'the man', a prisoner in Paris in the aftermath of World War III who is used as a guinea pig by scientists experimenting with time travel. Hanich is sent back to his childhood and forward into the future, in the desperate quest for meaning and memory in the aftermath of the apocalypse. Lasting 28 minutes and exemplifying the uncompromising and elliptical nature of Marker's work, the film has inspired generations of filmmakers including Terry Gilliam who borrowed several themes from it for his blockbuster movie 12 Monkeys (1995).
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