La Jetee (1962)

LA JETEE (1962)
Article #917 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-18-2003
Posting Date: 2-15-2004
Directed by Chris Marker
Featuring Jean Negroni, Helene Chatelain, Davos Hanich

In a post-apocalyptic world, scientists experiment with sending subjects through time in order to save the present.

I’ve always thought the trailers I’ve seen for the movies TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE and RAT PFINK AND BOO BOO were tacky, largely because they consisted in their entirety of stills; yet here I am watching a movie made entirely of stills (save for a few seconds of footage at one point) and I’m entranced. I’ve never seen Terry Gilliam’s TWELVE MONKEYS, which is a remake of this remarkable French short, but it’s easy to see why he was attracted to it in the first place; it’s a great story, haunting and memorable, but being a foreign short, it was also unlikely to have been seen by many people. The use of stills, narration and music to tell the story is pretty daring; it almost feels more like reading a story or a graphic novel rather than watching a film, but the impact of the story is not lessened in any way. This one is well worth hunting out for anyone interested in classic foreign science fiction.

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