Classic Review: La Jetée

Stars: ★★★★

Summary: A unique short film that’s the perfect marriage of style and story.

Review: This is a short film, only 28 minutes long, so it will be a short review. ‘La Jetée’ (‘The Pier’) is a French science fiction masterpiece written and directed by Chris Marker. It was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s film ‘Twelve Monkeys’. It eschews the limitations and techniques of traditional film in favor of a style that gives it an intense, raw authenticity. The whole film, save for one shot, is still photographs. It’s like a photo album from the post-apocalyptic future of the film’s narrative. It’s quick, beautiful, tragic, and memorable.

Buy It From Amazon: La Jetee/Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection)

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