La Jetée (French pronunciation: [la ʒəte]) (“The Jetty”, here referring to an outdoor viewing pier at an airport) is a 1962 French Left Bank science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. It is 28 minutes long and shot in black and white. It won the Prix Jean Vigo for short film.
- Directed by Chris Marker
- Jean Négroni as narrator
- Hélène Chatelain as the Woman
- Davos Hanich as the Man
- Jacques Ledoux as The Experimenter
- Ligia Branice as a woman from the future
- Janine Kleina as a woman from the future
- William Klein as a man from the future
An example of the profound relationship between words and images in the service of storytelling where neither the words nor the pictures alone give any indication as being elements of the particular story being told. This technique is and has been used most frequently and effectively by mass media to affect a perception in the audience that does not actually follow from the elements presented: an exceedingly pernicious technique employed for the purpose of propagandizing to the massmind.
This film is worth studying by film makers who appreciate experimental craftsmanship in the service of manifesting unique perspectives that perhaps provoke deeper thought in the audience that appreciates such things.