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La Jetée: ciné-roman

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 Jetee 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 cine-roman announced in
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Zone Books (first published April 30th 1993)
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saw this again last night at a coffeehouse showing and decided to make it favourite: i have seen the film a few times, read this cine-roman, read critical lit about it amazing what a half hour of still, black and white images, simple voice-over, from 1964, can do telling this story, this meditation on time, on memory, on love, on the end of the world...
Jeff Jackson
Surprisingly effective in capturing the haunting mood of Chris Marker's sci-fi short, called "the black pearl at the heart of cinema," a movie comprised of voice-over and still B&W images. Designer Bruce Mau creates a hypnotic rhythm for the book using different page layouts and photograph sizes, highlighting some striking scenes that flicker by in the movie. See the film first but this book works as its own illumination, a way to re-experience this great work for the first time.
Leonard Pierce
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is a sort of photoplay edition of Chris Marker's famous still-images sci-fi movie. It's obviously not the same as seeing the film, but it's still a beautiful, moving set of images.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rien ne distingue les souvenirs des autres moment.
Ce n'est que plus tard qu'ils se font reconnaître, à leurs cicatrices.
일상적인 순간에서는 아무것도 추억되지 않는다.
나중에 그 순간의 상흔들을 보여줄 때에 비로소 기억하게 되는 것이다.

❖ 3차대전이 일어난지 얼마 되지 않은 시기, 인류에게 필요한 에너지와 식량문제 등을 해결하기 위해 선발된 죄수는 어린 시절 오를리 공항의 전망대의 이미지를 강력히 붙들고 있던 한 남자였다. 전망대와 한 여자, 여자의 미소, 그리고 누군가의 죽음. 이미 수많은 이들이 실험동안 미쳐버리거나 혹은 죽은 다음에 꿈과 무의식조차 감시하던 간수들에 의해 선발된 남자. 그는 주사를 맞고 그의 기억이 붙들려있는 과거에 드문드문 등장하게 된다. 실제적인 이미지들을 잡아낸 그는 곧 여자를 만난다. 기억 속의 오를리 공항에 있던 여자, 그녀는 점차 문득 나타나서 대화하고 같은 길
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Versione stampata del cortometraggio con cui Chris Marker ha infranto barriere di genere e linguaggio: una serie di foto in b/n con didascalie per una storia di fantascienza (poi riadattata per "l'esercito delle 12 scimmie") che in realtà parla di memoria, tempo e desiderio. Una storia magnifica illustrata da fotografie malinconiche e documentarie.
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
birthday gift from oana. beautiful, cool, moving story told through beautiful, cool, moving (emotionally) still images. i might actually like this better as a book than as a film, but that's the reader in me.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If ever a book could be made from a movie...
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I am in love with La Jetee in any format....
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
a beautifully produced book-version of one of the best films of all time. See the film, though, first--this book is a lovely complement, and for true Marker fans. He's such a genius.
Rok Pregelj
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Almost as good, or even better than the movie.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful it hurts. A work of art in itself. That it emulates this dynamite of a film is no small wonder.
Caroline Philippone
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful accompany to the film. Glad to be able to use this in conjunction with the film, to show to my Photography 1 students for a "photo story" project.
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Chris Marker is a French writer, photographer, film director, multimedia artist and documentary maker.

He is best known for directing La Jetée (1962), as well as Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), a documentary about Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
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“She accepts the ways of this visitor as a natural phenomenon; How he comes and goes, exists, talks, laughs with her, falls silent, listens to her, and then he vanishes.” 4 likes
“...he understood there was no way to escape Time, and that this moment he had been granted to watch as a child, which had never ceased to obsess him, was the moment of his own death.” 4 likes
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