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.
| Original Score: 4/4
One of the greatest films ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: A+
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
One of the best of all SF films is this haunting, apocalyptic 27-minute French short by the great Chris Marker.
Eisenstein stripped back to the studs. Powerful, haunting, unforgettable.
| Original Score: 95/100
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This is Marker's masterpiece.
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
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
One of the most cohesive expressions found in the art form.
It's no exaggeration, finally, to say that La Jetee may represent film's closest approach to poetry.
An unusual picture that is hard to predict, and also a film that grows on you are you are watching it.
| Original Score: 3/4