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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.

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This short film was the inspiration for the Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys (1995). See more »

Quotes

[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 The Face of Another (1966) See more »

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The Girl (Prologue)
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the park scene
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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Two viewings 30 years apart
30 May 2003 | by rclussoSee all my reviews

I first saw "La Jetee" in an introductory journalism class in the spring of 1973. The class was large, so large, in fact, that it was held in an auditorium rather than a conventional classroom. But when the film ended, there was about 30 seconds of stone-silence before the murmuring began. I sat slack-jawed and stunned and looked at Mary Ann, a girl who sat next to me and who I was slowly becoming friends with, to check her reaction. She looked equally stunned.

Thirty years have passed and I have occasionally revisited that moment. Despite wanting to know Mary Ann better, I was too timid and never saw her again after that semester ended and despite being stunned by the film, for some reason, I had lost track of its title. All I remembered was a haunting scene at an airport with a guy wearing glasses. That was it.

Just the other day and for no reason at all, I remembered the title "La Jetee" out of the blue. The name just popped into my head. And, even stranger, when I was checking the TV listings earlier today, I found that "La Jetee" was being shown on the Sundance Channel later.

I just finished watching it and I am as slack-jawed and stunned as I was thirty years ago. I guess the next logical thing will be to hear from Mary Ann. Just so long as I don't have to meet her at the airport.


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