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La Jetée

Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man, a slave, sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the world’s fate. To replenish its decreasing stocks of food, medicine and energies, and in doing so, resulting in a perpetual memory of a lone female, life, death and past events that are recreated on an airport’s viewing pier.

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Release : 1962
Rating : 8.3
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Crew : Director of Photography,  Director of Photography, 
Cast : Jean Négroni Jacques Ledoux Ligia Branice William Klein
Genre : Science Fiction Romance

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Reviews

Doomtomylo
2018/08/30

a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.

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Sameer Callahan
2018/08/30

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

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Orla Zuniga
2018/08/30

It is interesting even when nothing much happens, which is for most of its 3-hour running time. Read full review

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Kien Navarro
2018/08/30

Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.

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marac
2017/01/05

This is basically a slideshow with off-screen commentary, disguised as a movie. The story is based on one great, ingenious idea, which has been unfortunately buried under its tedious form. Fortunately almost 30 years later this idea has been resurrected by Terry Gilliam, who filmed the same story in a brilliant movie called "12 Monkeys".I strongly discourage you from watching this short film, if you haven't seen "12 Monkeys" yet. This is the same story and "12 Monkeys" is much much better movie. The plot of both films contains one very powerful suspense, so the film seen as the second one would not have the impact it should have had. Trust me - you don't want to ruin your experience of watching "12 Monkeys" without any knowledge of the plot.I added 4 stars to my rating just for the said ingenious idea. Otherwise, I would give only 1 star, because for me this "film" is just a failed experiment on the verge of watchability.

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Phobon Nika
2014/02/11

What is it, where is it, how will it affect me? In a devastated Paris in the aftermath of WWIII, 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. La Jetée, only running for twenty eight minutes, is a fascinating tale told through a narration and a selection of still images taken and arranged by Marker. The content, all-bar-none of which is of utmost beauty of both the light and dark sides of one's heart, is truly remarkable. If a novice to the staggeringly pure and sublimely clever world that La Jetée can conjure second-nature, it's almost best to take it in twice consecutively, once without subtitles to listen to the soothing yet (for most average viewers) unintelligible and ambiguous French poem whilst absorbing the pulchritude of the images that Marker arranges for us. Starting at the pier of Orly Airport in Paris, the crisp sound of jet propulsion graces our ears before gallery-worthy stills of a crumbling, hysterical city roam across the screen. The silent and sans-audio watch will then adorn the audience's eyes with the jewel-like pictures of the menacing, imperious looking doctors who present the equally intriguing and chilling apparatus for the planned psychological time-travel. Upon embarking through past and future, much warmer images to the post-rapture subterranean Paris appear: a museum of taxidermy specimens and a bustling, a beautiful and blissfully ignorant girl with long hair and a pretty smile, and a sunny day back at the airport pier. A perplexing figure then appears, in all his aesthetic glory yet again, but our minds, void of aural explanation, can't piece together what has happened. Upon a second viewing with the disposable narration, La Jetée's deeper, sophisticated philosophical magic is unlocked. We learn of the situation of post-apocalypse and the reason why we've been drawn to this sadist affair in the tunnels below Paris. It continues, just as beautifully and perfectly balanced. The museum is revisited, and we hear: "In fact, it is the only thing he is sure of, in the middle of this dateless world that at first stuns him with its affluence. Around him, only fabulous materials: glass, plastic, terry cloth. When he recovers from his trance, the woman has gone." We learn of the relationship between the prisoner and the woman in his mind, how she succumbs to him so readily, and why she is weeping in despair as the figure reappears on the pier as the twenty eight minutes of unfolded faultless direction, narrative, sculpture and innovative poetry. La Jetée's size and its one-of-a-kind take on stop motion cannot let it fool a perspective audience into missing such a display of technical brilliance and interpretative richness.

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Alexander Brotman
2013/11/15

La Jetee is the best kind of film, the kind that makes you remember why you fell in love with movies in the first place. Hauntingly beautiful, eerie beyond belief yet sincere and fragile, every scene is a masterpiece. The sequence when the woman is in bed and her eyes blink is one of my personal favorites. Between the music and the daylight scenes at the museum when you are taken out of the experimenter's room, it is easy to forget this movie is post-apocalyptic. There is nothing I find scary, in part because it is so well crafted and has to be the most meticulous 27 minutes ever put on film. Chris Marker may not be well known but La Jetee will always deserve a spot among the best in cinema.

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PrometheusTree64
2013/06/25

Straight out of the twilight zone era of the early-'60s when the world came it closest (many times, as it turns out) to apocalyptic destruction, and so many Hollywood thrillers -- both highbrow and down-market -- enjoyed a mournful creepiness that just worked, came this French short, only 28 minutes long, about a post-WW3 earth in which scientific experiments underneath the catacombs of Paris are being conducted into human memory in order to access it in some way to achieve contact of a kind with the future.Comprised only of frozen freeze frames -- except for one brief, subtle yet heart-stopping moment -- LA JETEE offers up some of the most haunting cinema ever captured. With the museum sequence its timeless centerpiece.The music score, the imagery, the face of eternity that was the '60s.It must be said, however, that the original version of LA JETEE with french narration (and English subtitles) is the way to go. In recent years, however, a new version with English narration has circulated -- the problem being that the new narration is done very poorly, taking the picture out of the correct place and time somehow... This new version was probably done to make the film "more accessible" but does so to obtain a mainstream audience LA JETEE is never going to get anyway.LA JETEE is a classic must-see....But, as is the case with anything -- or anyone -- who is truly special, the regiment out their who hate it are deeply committed to their hatred of it. And such is the case with LA JETEE.

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