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

Not Rated  |   |  Short, Drama, Romance  |  16 February 1962 (France)
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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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16 February 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Pista  »

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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 »


[last lines]
Narrator: He ran toward her. And when he recognized the man who'd trailed him from the camp, he realized there was no escape out of time, and that that moment he'd been granted to see as a child, and that had obsessed him forever after... was the moment of his own death.
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The opening credits do not describe it as a film, but "un photo-roman." See more »


Edited into Short 2: Dreams (2000) See more »


The Girl (Prologue)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the park scene
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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12 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 1995, Terry Gilliam made one of the finest movies in the nineties: "Twelve Monkeys". To explain how he made this awesome movie, he openly declared that he drew his inspiration from a French short film: "La Jetée". It is true that the 2 opus have similarities: both present a devastated earth caused by man's madness, survivors who take refuge in underground rooms and try to improve their grueling living conditions and especially both feature a jaded and manipulated main character.

A short film that is a reflection about time, happiness and love, entirely composed of static shots, "la jetée" is a powerful and mesmerizing work and it may appear as a cornerstone in French cinema. 42 years after its release, it kept all its strength and has not aged a bit. The quality of the editing, the photography and the commentary add to the success of Chris Marker's work.

Highly recommended and the influence of Chris Marker's short film on "Twelve Monkeys" shows well a thing: French cinema inspired a great number of American movies.

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