La Jetée

La Jetée

ciné-roman

By Chris Marker

Images and script (in both French and English) from one of the greatest experimental films ever made by a master of the form.

Distributed for Zone Books

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Images and script (in both French and English) from one of the greatest experimental films ever made by a master of the form.

"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." —Chris Marker

La 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 the Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys.) Chris Marker, who is the undisputed master of the film essay, composed this post-apocalyptic 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 Zone edition reproduces the film's original images along with the script in both English and French.

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Out of Print ISBN: 9780942299670 258 pp. | 10 in x 7.5 in

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  • [La Jetée is] a remarkable short film about romance and postapocalyptic time travel...you can get a further sense of La Jetée's power in the photobook version...a superb job of preserving the sense of fragmentation, fragility, and stark visual beauty that has made La Jetée a classic.

    Wired

  • [La Jetée] evokes much of the film's impact, successfully conveying its lyrical, dreamlike quality and its message of hope and love.

    Booklist