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La Jetée

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France · 1962
Director Chris Marker
Starring Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux
Genre Romance, Science Fiction

Constructed almost entirely from still images, the film tells the story of a time travel experiment in the aftermath of World War III. A prisoner, plagued by a childhood memory of a mysterious woman, is sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the world’s fate.

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Minh Bui Profile picture for Minh Bui

Chris Marker is absolutely brilliant in the way he plays with temporality in this film. To me, the most haunting philosophy of La Jetee is that we are all prisoners of time--and what better way to convey that philosophy than to tell a story comprised almost entirely of still images, to "trap" the story and its characters in various moments in time?

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