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La Jetée -- Chris Marker has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker's La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.


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Release Date:
16 February 1962 (France) See more »
Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Daily | Issues | Senses, Fq, Screening the Past
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Amid Festival Reindeer Games, Telluride Keeps On Keeping On
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Weekly Rushes. 24 June 2015
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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)

Directed by
Chris Marker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Marker  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Cinematography by
Jean Chiabaut 
Chris Marker 
Film Editing by
Jean Ravel 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound editor
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound re-recording mixer

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Also Known As:
"La jetée" - France (original title)
"The Pier" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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28 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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:They begin again. The man doesn't die, nor does he go mad. He suffers. They continue.See more »
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35 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Extremely Effective in its Subtlety., 24 September 2005
Author: myphx from Ft. Lauderdale

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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