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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

BoardChiri
2018/08/30

Bad Acting and worse Bad Screenplay

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ShangLuda
2018/08/30

Admirable film.

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Arianna Moses
2018/08/30

Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.

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Mathilde the Guild
2018/08/30

Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.

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Musashi94
2017/02/14

At first, it doesn't seem like a non-documentary film composed entirely of still images and voice-over narration should work. Yet La Jetee not only succeeds, it overcomes its avant-garde background to become a great science fiction film that can appeal even to people who are not necessarily fans of experimental work.Chris Marker, who is in fact best known for his documentary work, has a remarkable eye for composition. All of the images that make up the are beautifully staged and composed. The lighting in particular is wonderful, the blacks and whites have a wonderful contrast with each other. The transitions also feel natural and the zooms and pans help give a sense of movement that avoids the risk of becoming monotonous. This makes you feel as though you're watching an actual moving picture as opposed to just a series of still images. The choral music throughout is also well used and gives the images a haunting atmosphere.In addition to looking fantastic and keeping the viewer's interest, the film also has many profound themes regarding time and memory. The main premise of the film is that a shadowy organization in a post-World War III world are trying to send prisoners back in time in order to save the future. In actuality, they are training them s they can send the prisoners to the future so thy can bring back advanced technology before disposing of them. Such a premise lends itself to many rich interpretations about the structure of society and the cost of human progress.The matter of the protagonist's relationship with a woman from the past also has a transcendent quality with its explorations of memory and its relationship with time and human desire. The fact that such a short film that, admittedly omits most of the details, is a sign of great film-making. The fact that there is so much to analyze about near0universal themes presented in an entertaining experimental fashion makes La Jetee a film that film buffs should seek out.

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Horst in Translation (filmreviews@web.de)
2015/05/13

It simply is not working as this is, by definition, not a "motion picture". "La jetée" or "The Pier" is a black-and-white film that runs for slightly under 30 minutes and is over 50 years old now. The writer and director is Chris Marker. Do not be confused by his name for he is as French as this half hour in terms of narration and style. There are references about human experiments, time travel, ruins and the usual components like love, war and death. The way this is made, namely a collection of photos, is probably the main reason why I was not impressed at all. The love story did not touch me and I was not sad when I found out that he is not gonna see her again as his next travels will be to the future. His death at the end felt really rushed as well. i was fairly disappointed with it. The format has proved unappealing enough and that is why directors these days just do normal movies and not photo book stuff like this. Not recommended unless you became curious about it after watching "12 Monkeys".

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Francesco Luchetta
2014/10/09

The film is best known for being the basic idea of "12 Monkeys"."La Jetée" is one of the more special that I've ever seen. A short film (30 mins long) that is in reality a series of images with a narrative voice in the background. It tells the story of an experiment in time travel after a nuclear war, but The story at the end is not so important in the overall pictureThe relentless succession of frames with the thrill of having to wait until the next scene change makes it really effective.I must say that in a sense I was shocked after seeing him. I consider this film a masterpiece 9/10

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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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