Friday, July 23, 2010

#250: La Jetee

Directed by: CHRIS MARKER
1962, TSPDT Rank #135

This short film is actually mostly composed of still images, but it feels like watching a movie. It was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys and deals with similar themes of time travel after the Third World War. I always thought the story was really poetic and powerful, especially since it's so brief, and even though the scientific themes could have been made complex, it deals with basic emotions. Because, at the center, it's about a man who longs for a more peaceful and simpler time that has passed him by. Seek it out.

(Rating: 9/10)

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