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08-05-2012, 01:11 PM
La Jetée (1962) on Vimeo, great film that was groundbreaking. B&W photos are used with one actual filmed scene. Running time approx. 28 minutes. This has an english translation. I found the use of B&W photos to have been a great use of photography and very inspirational. The photos themselves are brilliant.

From Boston.com (http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/blog/2012/07/chris_marker_19.html):

Marker was a photographer, novelist, documentarian, and multimedia artist, but he’s probably best known for 1962′s “La Jetée (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_jet%C3%A9e),” the 28-minute short that influenced an entire generation of filmmakers. “The Matrix” wouldn’t exist without it and Terry Gilliam famously expanded Marker’s storyline into 1995′s “Twelve Monkeys,” but the original obviously needs to be met on its own terms. Certainly there was nothing remotely like “La Jetee” when it came out in ’62: A post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance told almost entirely in black-and-white still photographs. The one exception — the one shot that moves – remains one of the most gracefully hair-raising moments in the history of the medium, and it encapsulates Marker’s obsession with time and memory, as well as his choice of film as the medium best suited to explore both.

"Francophile Matthew Cobb tells me that French filmmaker Chris Marker (http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/rip-chris-marker-1921-2012/) (real name: Christian Francois Bouche-Velleneuve) died in Paris on July 29 at age 91." 1921 - 2012.

08-06-2012, 01:59 AM
The only word that comes to mind is, Spellbinding. I couldn't stop watching even though I wasn't able to find a copy with english subs. I found that I didn't really need them because what Marker wanted to say came through loud and clear.

I'm real glad you posted this.

08-06-2012, 04:57 AM
I did a search on Vimeo, but I didn't see it, and I could not find an Englsh subtitle on Youtube. "12 Monkeys" is one of my favorite movies and would love to see this. I watched the 1st 1/3 on Youtube, but it was all in French (or Italian)

08-09-2012, 03:37 PM
Sorry, I thought I put a link, but here it is with english spoken word and it works well. La Jetée (1962) on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/27339963#)