Chris Marker's La Jetée is 28 minutes long and almost entirely made up of black-and-white still images. Since its release in 1964, this legendary French film – which Marker described as a 'photo-novel' – has haunted generations of viewers and inspired writers, artists and film-makers. Its spiralling time-travel narrative has also influenced many other films, including the Terminator series and Terry Gilliam's Hollywood 'remake' Twelve Monkeys (1995).
But as Marker rarely gave interviews, little is really known about the origins of La Jetée or the ideas behind it. In this groundbreaking study, Chris Darke draws on rare archival material, including previously unpublished correspondence and production documents, to examine the making of the film. He explores how Marker's only fiction film was influenced both by his early work as a writer and by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), and considers how La Jetée's images can be seen to 'echo' throughout Marker's extraordinarily diverse oeuvre.
About the Author
Chris Darke is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Roehampton, UK, as well as a writer and film critic whose work has appeared in many magazines, including Sight & Sound, Film Comment and Cahiers du cinéma. He is also the author of several books, including Light Readings: Film Criticism and Screen Arts (2000), and the co-curator of the major exhibition, Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat, at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2014.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments .-1. La Jetée … Still.-2. In the Beginning.-3. Window Shopping in 1962.-4. Chris Marker Takes the Stairs.-5. This is the Story.-6. The Life and Death of Images .-Notes .-Credits .-Select Bibliography.