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La Jetée (The Pier)

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.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I find it tediously pretentious, but there are striking images in it, and it does get across a vague impression of Frankensteinian meddling with the brain.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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This is Marker's masterpiece.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's a stirring, emotional film about the unique hold memories have over people's lives and how experiences themselves are fleeting.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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One of the greatest films ever made.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Lovely.

January 5, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

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.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Incredibly influential, dauntingly beautiful short made up almost entirely of stills. Inspired a generation of sci-fi directors.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Eisenstein stripped back to the studs. Powerful, haunting, unforgettable.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemania

It is an essential fiction, a short story whose diminutive length does little to foretell its breadth.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The most haunting sci-fi film ever made.

May 16, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

A perfect little short all shot in still images -- more haunting than its big-budget remake, 12 Monkeys

January 9, 2003 | Comment (1)
New Times

One of the most startling and haunting films to ever fall under the banner of science fiction.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

The narrator's own haunting story is what makes this film truly mesmerizing.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

One of the most cohesive expressions found in the art form.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

It's no exaggeration, finally, to say that La Jetee may represent film's closest approach to poetry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

An unusual picture that is hard to predict, and also a film that grows on you are you are watching it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for La Jetée (The Pier)

A must-see movie for all sci-fi fans. It appears boring at first, but you gradually sink into the story and in the end you see just how brilliant it really is. It's not for everyone, the film is experimental and slow paced. Overall, it is very good, though.
October 4, 2012
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This thirty-minute "photo-roman" (series of narrated stills) tells the story of a man who's sent backwards, then forwards in time to try to find a way to avert a nuclear war, but spends his travels romancing a woman he saw once as a child whose image burned itself into his memory. An interesting science fiction storytelling experiment about the nature of memory that's been extremely influential over the years (it inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 MONKEYS). There is one moving image in the film; blink and you'll miss it...
April 18, 2012
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Greg S

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Well its the first short movie that i've seen using nothng else but still photographs in order to get the story across and although its an interesting idea, i personally don't think its works all that well.
The great thing about an actual movie is that the actors are able to properly get across the emotions that their ment to fill across to the audience and although pictures do capture some of that emotion i feel its not as strong as watching a moving picture.
Its watchable purely on the fact it is only 30mins long longer than that then i'd probably have a different opinion!
March 14, 2012
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Film Crazy

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A fantastic experiment in narrative and visuals. Highly influential, i'm surprised this formula has not been used more often.
August 22, 2011
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Chris Marker: 1921-2012
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Foreign Titles

  • La jetée (DE)
  • La Jettee (UK)
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