La Jetée

La Jetée

La jetée (English: The Jetty or The Pier) (1962) is a 28-minute black and white science fiction film by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel.

Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys (1995) was inspired by, and takes several concepts directly from, La jetée.

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La Jetée

Hélène Chatelain
Davos Hanich
Jacques Ledoux
Ligia Branice
Janine Kleina
William Klein

  La Jetée : 29 minutes

The survivors of a destroyed, post-apocalyptic Paris in the aftermath of World War III live underground in the Palais de Chaillot galleries.

They research time travel, hoping to send test subjects to different time periods "to call past and future to the rescue of the present".

They have difficulty finding subjects who can mentally withstand the shock of time travel, but eventually settle upon a male prisoner whose vague but obsessive childhood memory of witnessing a woman (Hélène Chatelain) during a violent incident on the boarding platform ("The Jetty") at Orly Airport is the key to his journey back in time.

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