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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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Cast

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

Time travel, still images, a 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 airports jetée. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Short | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

16 February 1962 (France)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Around the 8:40 marker, when two scientists in the background are speaking German, if you listen carefully, you can hear one of them slightly laugh after almost mispronouncing the word 'muscular contraction'. See more »

Goofs

When the man is holding the arm of the woman in the park near the middle of the movie, his hand is visible between her arm and her body, but his arm is not visible. Only the background can be seen between them. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: This time he is close to her, he speaks to her. She welcomes him without surprise. They are without memories, without plans. Time builds itself painlessly around them. Their only landmarks are the flavour of the moment they are living and the markings on the walls.
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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 Marie et les naufragés (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Vastness of Space
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Plays during the time travel scene near the end
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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12 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 1995, Terry Gilliam made one of the finest movies in the nineties: "Twelve Monkeys". To explain how he made this awesome movie, he openly declared that he drew his inspiration from a French short film: "La Jetée". It is true that the 2 opus have similarities: both present a devastated earth caused by man's madness, survivors who take refuge in underground rooms and try to improve their grueling living conditions and especially both feature a jaded and manipulated main character.

A short film that is a reflection about time, happiness and love, entirely composed of static shots, "la jetée" is a powerful and mesmerizing work and it may appear as a cornerstone in French cinema. 42 years after its release, it kept all its strength and has not aged a bit. The quality of the editing, the photography and the commentary add to the success of Chris Marker's work.

Highly recommended and the influence of Chris Marker's short film on "Twelve Monkeys" shows well a thing: French cinema inspired a great number of American movies.


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