MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,324 this week

La Jetée (1962)
"La jetée" (original title)

8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 17,128 users  
Reviews: 103 user | 99 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 27 Jan 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "La Jetée" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: La Jetée (1962)

La Jetée (1962) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La Jetée.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sans Soleil (1983)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Laurence Guvillier, Davos Hanich, François Maspero
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A solitary flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a phone off the hook: discordant images a woman sees as she comes home. She naps and, ... See full summary »

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Night and Fog (1955)
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A surrealistic film with input from Salvador Dalí, director Luis Buñuel presents stark, surrealistic images that shock the viewers including the slitting open of a woman's eye and a dead ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Stars: Mikhail Kaufman
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt
Le joli mai (1963)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme
Stars: Chris Marker, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
L'Atalante (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.

Director: Jean Vigo
Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Michel Simon
Breathless (1960)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young car thief kills a policeman and tries to persuade a girl to hide in Italy with him.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
La jetée (2008)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

'la jetée' deconstructs Chris Marker's seminal film. A 16mm film print of La Jetée is viewed on a microfish film viewer, functioning as a shutterless projector. Chris Marker's experiments ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Alan Rhodes
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Négroni ...
Narrator (voice)
Hélène Chatelain ...
The Woman
Davos Hanich ...
The Man
Jacques Ledoux ...
The Experimenter
André Heinrich
Jacques Branchu
Pierre Joffroy
Étienne Becker
Philbert von Lifchitz
Ligia Branice ...
A woman from the future (as Ligia Borowczyk)
Janine Klein ...
A woman from the future
William Klein ...
A man from the future (as Bill Klein)
Germano Facetti ...
(as Germano Faccetti)
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 February 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A kifutópálya  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This short film was the inspiration for the 1995 Terry Gilliam film "Twelve Monkeys". See more »

Quotes

Narrator: They begin again. The man doesn't die, nor does he go mad. He suffers. They continue.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits do not describe it as a film, but "un photo-roman." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Vastness of Space
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the time travel scene near the end
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The most heartbreakingly despairingly romantic science fiction film ever made.
31 October 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

'La Jetee' is a film about movement made up entirely of photographic stills. Well, not entirely. For one transcendent moment the photo moves, ironically at the film's stillest moment, as a woman we have starred at sleeping in the sunny dawn wakes up. It is typical of Marker that a film spanning centuries, millenia, war, torture, experimentation, murder, dreams, time travel, destruction, love, joy, should have as its epiphanical moment an elusive, delusive moment of utter calm, that of a sleeping woman opening her eyes. In a film whose body is the stuff dreams are made on, such a moment is truly cataclysmic.

Like all Marker's masterpieces, 'Jetee', ostensibly a work of science-fiction, is profoundly concerned with Time, Memory and History. Such abstracts treated in lesser hands have a tendency to become vague, airy, removed from life; but Marker, the old leftist, always grounds his philosophy, humanisises and politicises it.

'Jetee', though a short, is rich with ambiguity and irony - the freedom of dreams, to reinvent the past, to escape from circumstances, is exploited by a totalitarian oligarchy, and ultimately fatal for the dreamer. Such is our desperate need to dream, to escape, forget/reinvent, that it is easy to forget that the Man's relationship with the Woman is a phantom, an entire history blown out of a brief glimpse, like that Baudelaire poem where he is stunned by a brief glimpse of a woman he never sees again.

It is this act the tyrants need, this gesture of recreation - by embodying what never happened, by making real or factual what is ultimately desire, he has destroyed history; this paves the way for the vision of 3000, where history is destroyed, and along with it humanity; a Houhnyhm-land of disembodied intelligence. This idea of the death of history, of the victory of post-modernity, would be most eloquently in Marker's chef d'oeuvre, 'Sans Soleil', which was shown with this film at the screening I attended.

But Marker's great achievement here is his creation of the future as a regression, as a descent into medievalism, part-Les Miserables, part-Occupation, with all the signs of French progress and pretension destroyed, with all Haussman's modernity and prosperity run to earth by nuclear contamination, the survivors living in sewers with rats, as their ancestors once did.

Marker's vision is terrifying in its mixture of ruined symmetry and a sickening moral blackness, the general silence punctuated by impenetrable whispers and noises - this is one of the most frightening soundtracks I've ever heard. This medievalism also means a bypassing of the intellect, of literal Enlightenment, and back to a kind of spiritual murk, with pastiche sacred music flooding the film, and parodies of religious kitsch obtruding (the godlike light seeping into dense interiors; religious slogans; the compositions of survivors like beatified saints) on the relics of civilisation, the graffiti, the now-impenetrable codes.

This chaos is contrasted with the Paris of the dream, especially in the museum scene, even more chilling with its statues looking like petrified relics from a volcanic disaster; the mute, stuffed animals warning humans of their fate; the exquisite composition of architecture, trapping the couple in a web of order, boxes, classification, obsolescence, the doomed attempts by mankind to order the universe.

yet this dream is so moving because it offers love, connection, gardens, talk, dreams, Paris, even if they are illusory. because, although this is a dense, difficult, allusive, modern film, it also illuminates a simple, ancient truth 'In the midst of life, we are in death'. As Morrissey once responded, 'Etcetera'.


88 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
better than 12 Monkeys Dr_Mambo
Unimpressed zsoltga
Rip-off picrad-1
where to find this film miyra_hirshino
soundtrack JonathanRimorin
DVD! Chujo
Discuss La Jetée (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?