Tuesday, September 10, 2013

La Jetée (1962)

Director: Chris Marker
Writer:    Chris Marker
Cast:      Davos Hanich, Etienne Becker, Jean Negroni, Helene Chatelain
Language: French

A childhood memory of a lady and death, World War 3, underground future, time travel. If this sounds very much like Terry Gilliam's brilliant film '12 Monkeys', it is because it was inspired by this 1962 short film La Jetee. Film is a series of beautiful black and white photographs with the story being told through narration. Unlike 12 Monkeys, it doesn't overly focus on the 'save the world motive' but more on the relation between the protagonist and the lady from his dreams/memory. The twist at the end is a bit different from the 12 monkeys one and I think this is better. Have been meaning to watch this film for a long time.

 Chris Marker died last year. Should catch up with his other films.

Rating: 5/5