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La Jetee

La Jetée

La Jetée, 1963, by Chris Marker, is a featurette set in an apocalyptic future, the denizens of which attempt to use time-travel to the past and future in order to improve their present. It was also the source of inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. The format is rather unconventional in that it tells the story through still photographs rather than through the persistence of vision that makes “movies” work both psychologically and physiologically. The vague vehicle by which scientists connect subjects to the past is a strong personal connection through memory.

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