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la jetée, chris marker 1962

Posted in art, film, inspiration, photography, science fiction by benperdue on 06/07/2010

This film was the inspiration for 12 Monkeys. It’s set under a post-WW3 Paris, is only half an hour long, and is told in a series of photographic stills rather than moving images. Without spoiling it, the story is about time travel, love, imagination, and war. It also has a vicious twist that explains where Gilliam got his idea from. My favourite bit by far though has to be the visit to a natural history museum halfway through. The way the b+w film picks out the texture of the animals and her hand-knitted sweater is beautiful.

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  1. Joachim Boaz said, on 06/07/2010 at 22:57

    A beautiful and disturbing film…. I loved it!

    The images are still vivid after many many years…

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