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La Jetée (1962)

La jetée (original title)
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 »




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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)


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

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Short | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

16 February 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Pista  »

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1.66 : 1
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Jean Négroni is known to have been the French narrator. But the English version is supposed to have been voiced by William Klein, the "man from the future." See more »


When the man is holding the arm of the woman in the park near the middle of the movie, his hand is visible between her arm and her body, but his arm is not visible. Only the background can be seen between them. See more »


Narrator: This time he is close to her, he speaks to her. She welcomes him without surprise. They are without memories, without plans. Time builds itself painlessly around them. Their only landmarks are the flavour of the moment they are living and the markings on the walls.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Johnny Mnemonic (1995) See more »


Vastness of Space
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the time travel scene near the end
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Extremely Effective in its Subtlety.
24 September 2005 | by (Ft. Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie it was on a local educational TV channel (PBS was barely starting) in 1969. I was a youngster and it made such an indelible impression that I remembered it all these years. Luckily, to my surprise I discovered a copy recently at a video rental store.

The movie is only approximately 30 minutes in length and is composed of black and white still photography (except for one scene, where they show a mans eye blinking). It is a powerful depiction of the end of the world, human love and memory. The French narration adds to the poetic subtlety and drama. To my dismay, I heard there was a new DVD version available, but with English narration. Hopefully, the original French version will be made available, as it seems to add so much more to the dramatic effect of the movie.

To the average movie viewer, this film would be best described as avant-garde in nature. It is a prime example of how science fiction and drama can be produced with nuance and subtleties, rather than overuse of technological effects and gratuitous titillation and violence.

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