Wednesday, March 07, 2012
La Jetée (1962) by Chris Marker
Black and white science fiction constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. La Jetée has no dialogue aside from small sections of muttering in German. The story is told by a voice-over narrator. It is constructed almost entirely from optically printed photographs playing out as a photomontage of varying pace. It contains only one brief shot originating on a motion-picture camera. One of the most influential, radical science-fiction film ever made and a mind-bending free-form travelogue. Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, 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. La Jetée—a tale of time travel told in still images—remains his best-loved and most widely seen.