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La Jetée (1962)

La jetée (original title)
The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director:

Chris Marker
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Négroni Jean Négroni ... Narrator (voice) (as Jean Negroni)
Hélène Chatelain Hélène Chatelain ... The Woman
Davos Hanich Davos Hanich ... The Man
Jacques Ledoux Jacques Ledoux ... The Experimenter
André Heinrich André Heinrich
Jacques Branchu Jacques Branchu
Pierre Joffroy Pierre Joffroy
Étienne Becker Étienne Becker ... (as Etienne Becker)
Philbert von Lifchitz Philbert von Lifchitz
Ligia Branice ... A woman from the future (as Ligia Borowcyk)
Janine Klein Janine Klein ... A woman from the future
William Klein William Klein ... A man from the future (as Bill Klein)
Germano Facetti Germano Facetti ... (as Germano Faccetti)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Kirk James Kirk ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Time travel, still images, 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 airport jetty. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

16 February 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Jetée See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The style of the still image of the four people from the future bears a striking resemblance to the later portrait of The Beatles taken by photographer Robert Freeman that would be used as the album cover on "With the Beatles" (released 22 November 1963 in the UK) and "Meet the Beatles" (released 20 January 1964 in the USA.) See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: [English version] This is the story of a man marked by an image of his childhood. The violent scene which upset him, and whose meaning he was to grasp only years later, happened on the main pier at Orly, Paris Airport, sometime before the outbreak of World War Three.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Dead the Ends (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl (Prologue)
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the park scene
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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A unique, powerful and visually stunning experimental film
16 February 2001 | by tsmiljanSee 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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