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

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Narrator: They begin again. The man doesn't die, nor does he go mad. He suffers. They continue.
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The opening credits do not describe it as a film, but "un photo-roman." See more »

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The Girl (Theme)
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Music by Trevor Duncan
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A unique, powerful and visually stunning experimental film
16 February 2001 | by (tampa, florida) – See all my reviews

If you can find this rare film, you must see it. Unique in film history, this experimental short film consists of a series of still shots tied together by narration. It is the story of a post-apocalyptic Earth and time travel. Each still shot is a work of art, and the plot is compelling. A man with a strong memory of a past event witnessed as a small child (a person being shot at an airport), is periodically sent back into that pre-war period by "experimenters" with devious purposes. While visiting the past, the hero falls in love with a woman from that past.

Watch for the one and only scene that contains any movement and natural sounds (birds in the background, while the woman wakes up next to her lover). Coming in the midst of the relentless still shots, it is one of the most sublime moments in all cinema. You are doing yourself a disservice if you do not see this film.


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