La Jetée: ciné-roman

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"This book version of La Jetée is, to my mind, astonishingly beautiful. It brings a total freshness to the work and a new way to use photos to deal with dramatic events. Not a film's book, but a book in its own right ;the real ciné-roman announced in the film's credits." ;ChrisMarkerLa Jetée, the legendary science fiction film about time and memory after a nuclear apocalypse,was released in 1964 and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest experimental films ever made. (It provided the basis for Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 ...

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Overview

"This book version of La Jetée is, to my mind, astonishingly beautiful. It brings a total freshness to the work and a new way to use photos to deal with dramatic events. Not a film's book, but a book in its own right ;the real ciné-roman announced in the film's credits." ;ChrisMarkerLa Jetée, the legendary science fiction film about time and memory after a nuclear apocalypse,was released in 1964 and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest experimental films ever made. (It provided the basis for Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys.) Chris Marker, who is the undisputed master of the film essay, composed this postapocalyptic story almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs. The story concerns an experiment in recovering and changing the past through the action of memory, yet the film can be read as a poem dominated by a single moving image, which in its context becomes one of the supreme moments in the history of film.This ZoneBooks edition reproduces the film's original images along with the script in both English andFrench.

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Editorial Reviews

Gordon Flagg
French filmmaker Marker's only fictional work, "La Jetee", has achieved near-legendary status since its 1964 release. Rarely shown because of its brief (half-hour) length and radical technique--except for a single shot of motion, the entire film consists of still photos linked by a voice-over and music--it depicts a bleak, post-World War III society from which a man, the protagonist, is sent to the pre-war period to bring back aid to those in his society's blasted present. The time traveler has been selected for this experiment because, unlike most survivors of the nuclear holocaust, he retains one clear prewar memory: the image of a woman he remembers from a childhood visit to the jetty at Orly airport. Marker's "nonmotion picture" is an ideal subject for this printed re-creation. The handsomely designed volume turns the film into a "photo-novel," duplicating each shot and printing the corresponding narration (in English and French) beneath the pictures. Although some impact is lost in this transference, the book evokes much of the film's impact, successfully conveying its lyrical, dreamlike beauty and its message of hope and love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942299663
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Zone Books Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 920,025
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Marker (born in 1921) is one of French cinema's most influential artists.

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