La Jetée – Chris Marker (1962)

La jetée is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker.

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 airports jetée.

La jetée is constructed almost entirely from optically printed photographs playing out as a photomontage of varying pace. It contains only one brief shot originating on a motion-picture camera. The stills were taken with a Pentax Spotmatic and the motion-picture segment was shot with a 35mm Arriflex. The film has no dialogue aside from small sections of muttering in German. The story is told by avoice-over narrator. The scene in which the hero and the woman look at a cut-away trunk of a tree is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1958 film Vertigo, which Marker also references in Sans soleil.

Feature Film:

English Subtitles available – press on the on the left icon at the bottom right (labeled Captions) of the imbedded player after pressing play. It is also possible to translate available subs into any other language.


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