Flick Review < La jetée | Chris Marker, 1962

“This is the story of a man marked by an image from his childhood.”

Nothing sorts out memories from ordinary moments. Later on they do claim remembrance when they show their scars. That face he had seen was to be the only peacetime image to survive the war. Had he really seen it? Or had he invented that tender moment to prop up the madness to come? The sudden roar, the woman’s gesture, the crumpling body, and the cries of the crowd on the jetty blurred by fear. Later, he knew he had seen a man die.
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.
He ran toward her. And when he recognized the man who’d trailed him from the camp, he realized there was no escape out of time, and that  that moment he’d been granted to see as a child, and that had obsessed him forever after… was the moment of his own death.
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La Jetée | Chris Marker, 1962

 Chris Marker’s workbook for the creation of La Jetée.

Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (1995) was inspired by and takes several concepts directly from La Jetée.

1 thought on “Flick Review < La jetée | Chris Marker, 1962

  1. La jetée / 1962 // Chris Marker

    The opening credits do not describe it as a film, but "un photo-roman.

    In the opening titles it states "Avec la participation du Service de la Recherche de la R.T.F.". For one frame, this changes into "Avec la participation du Service de la Trouvaille de la R.T.F.".

    The whole short movie of the "jetee" was inspired by the dream sequence from Vertigo.

    Trevor Duncan / The Girl // Theme / The museum scene


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