Tue
Jul 31 2012 10:00am

Chris Marker Passed Away—Take a Moment and Rewatch La Jette

Avanat-garde french Film maker Chris Marker passed away last Sunday in Paris at the age of 91. He is best known for La Jette, a twenty-six minute long time-travel movie told almost entirely in stills. La Jette is well known to be the basis of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys andwhile I loved 12 Monkeys, it’s amazing how much more is in this movie only a quarter of the length. Take a moment to watch it again or for the first time. You’ll be glad you did. 

5 comments
JoeNotCharles
1. JoeNotCharles
More?

It's an interesting little movie, and I'm glad Gilliam expanded on it, but it's missing a lot of the themes of 12 Monkeys. La Jette is only the basis of one of 12 Monkeys' plot threads.
Dave Brasgalla
2. Dave Brasgalla
I've always considered the shot in La jetée when the Woman opens her eyes from sleep to be one of the most sublime moments of any film...
JoeNotCharles
3. Doug Cummings1
A brilliant, landmark film--also highly recommended (all currently available on DVD) are Marker's essay films One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (a meditation on the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, the filmmaker who made the SF classics Solaris and Stalker), A Grin Without a Cat (Marker's musings on the worldwide revolutions of the late-'60s), The Last Bolshevik, which traces Soviet history through the eyes of a Russian filmmaker, and Sans Soleil, his multimedia, philosophical travelogue.
JoeNotCharles
4. Paradoksimies
First Bradbury and now Marker? Who's next? Alan Moore? Robert Fripp?
This is seriously a depressing summer.
But do watch all of Markers essay films you can get your hands on, he's one of a kind.
JoeNotCharles
5. Tyrunea
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