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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Chris Marker's La Jetée is awesome!

La Jetée is a short film from the French New Wave by Chris Marker. It's a sci-fi film told entirely via voiceover narration and consists only of still photos. I watched it on DVD earlier this evening with Ming Jin and was definitely mesmerized and inspired.

Terry Gilliam's TWELVE MONKEYS (the one with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt) was a feature-length adaptation of this short film.

Due to La Jetée's length, it was often screened with another film in the theaters, and the film it accompanied was Jean-Luc Godard's ALPHAVILLE, which is, so far, my favourite Godard film. I can't think of a better film for La Jetée to screen alongside, seriously.

These are the kinds of sci-fi films I want to make, not those big-budget visual effects-heavy extravaganza.