La Jetée (The Pier) (1962)
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The movie that inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Chris Marker's La jetée is a landmark of science-fiction filmmaking, a 28-minute masterpiece told almost entirely in still frames. Set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, it tells the story of an unnamed man whose vivid childhood recollections make him the perfect guinea pig for an experiment in time travel. After a lengthy and nightmarish period of conditioning, he is sent into the past, where he falls in love with a woman whom he once saw on a
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One of the best of all SF films is this haunting, apocalyptic 27-minute French short by the great Chris Marker.
The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. Until, that is, an extraordinary epiphany when an image genuinely does move.
The major influence on Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, La Jetée is made up almost entirely of still photographs that tell the futuristic story of a time traveler.
It's a stirring, emotional film about the unique hold memories have over people's lives and how experiences themselves are fleeting.
Always confounding even when it seems accessible, the mysterious and gripping plot raises unanswerable questions about time, memory and the progress of life on this planet.
Incredibly influential, dauntingly beautiful short made up almost entirely of stills. Inspired a generation of sci-fi directors.
A remarkable and unique experimental short that consists solely of still frames, narration, music and sound effects as it relates an apocalyptic tale of memory and time-travel.
Eisenstein stripped back to the studs. Powerful, haunting, unforgettable.
It is an essential fiction, a short story whose diminutive length does little to foretell its breadth.
The most haunting sci-fi film ever made.
A perfect little short all shot in still images -- more haunting than its big-budget remake, 12 Monkeys
One of the most startling and haunting films to ever fall under the banner of science fiction.
The narrator's own haunting story is what makes this film truly mesmerizing.
It's no exaggeration, finally, to say that La Jetee may represent film's closest approach to poetry.
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