over 1 year
why can't I find that El Santo shirt anywhere?
over 3 years
Super short and unique. Inspiration for 12 monkeys.
over 4 years
Moving/meticulously structured. Enthralling and hypnotic story. Unmatchable aesthetic/tone
A brilliantly inventive scifi film, vastly superior to Gilliam's remake.
over 6 years
1 of the few experimental films I like- and it's short to boot! Way better than 12 monkeys
La jetée is a 1962 French science fiction film by Chris Marker. It is also known in English as The Jetty or The Pier. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. The film runs for 28 minutes and is in black and white. It won the Prix Jean Vigo for short film.
The 1995 science fiction film 12 Monkeys was inspired by, and takes several concepts directly from, La jetée.
A man (Davos Hanich) is a prisoner in the aftermath of the Third World War, in a destroyed, post-apocalyptic Paris where survivors live underground in the Palais de Chaillot galleries. Scientists research time travel, hoping to send test subjects to different time periods "to call past and future to the rescue of the present". They have difficulty finding subjects who can mentally withstand the shock of time travel, but eventually settle upon the prisoner, whose key to the past is a vague but obsessive childhood memory of a woman (Hélène Chatelain)...