Shorts Programme: La Jetée @50

Chris Marker’s iconic science fiction short, the direct inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys but the indirect inspiration for countless other films – with time travel as the subject matter, and far beyond that simple box – turns 50 today. We are on the edge of the release of Rian Johnson’s Looper (Kurt’s Review), and it’s always worth a look back on this incredible classic.

Here’s A.O. Scott on the subject.

But I will do you one better. Here is the film in its entirety:

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I still cannot believe Jay Cheel described this short film as being “pretentious”; there is nothing pretentious about the film.