Filmmaker Chris Marker has died at the age of 91. His most famous film, and his masterpiece, is 1962’s La Jetee. I first saw it in a French Cinema class while in college, and it’s powerful images have stuck with me ever since.
At only 28-minutes long and told with black & white still photos and voice over narration, it is set in a post-apocalyptic near future. An unnamed man with vivid childhood memories is selected as a guinea pig for a time travel experiment. He is sent to the past where he falls in love with a woman he once saw on a pier. It’s a profound meditation on time, memory, loss, and our perception of reality.
Chris Marker 1921 – 2012