La Jetée (The Pier)
La Jetée (The Pier) (1962)

The movie that inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Chris Marker's La jetée is a landmark of science-fiction filmmaking, a 28-minute masterpiece told almost entirely in still frames. Set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, it tells… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the best of all SF films is this haunting, apocalyptic 27-minute French short by the great Chris Marker.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

This is Marker's masterpiece.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

One of the greatest films ever made.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. Until, that is, an extraordinary epiphany when an image genuinely does move.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The major influence on Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, La Jetée is made up almost entirely of still photographs that tell the futuristic story of a time traveler.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

I find it tediously pretentious, but there are striking images in it, and it does get across a vague impression of Frankensteinian meddling with the brain.

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Eric Melin

It's a stirring, emotional film about the unique hold memories have over people's lives and how experiences themselves are fleeting.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Always confounding even when it seems accessible, the mysterious and gripping plot raises unanswerable questions about time, memory and the progress of life on this planet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A must-see movie for all sci-fi fans. It appears boring at first, but you gradually sink into the story and in the end you see just how brilliant it really is.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A fantastic experiment in narrative and visuals. Highly influential, i'm surprised this formula has not been used more often.
Greg S
This thirty-minute "photo-roman" (series of narrated stills) tells the story of a man who's sent backwards, then forwards in time to try to find… More
Conner Rainwater
Talk about an amazingly brilliant and original idea, I can't think of anything that I don't like about this truly bizarre film. It takes every… More
Film Crazy
Well its the first short movie that i've seen using nothng else but still photographs in order to get the story across and although its an interesting… More
Randy Tippy
"The victors stood guard over a kingdom of rats." Experimental, avant-garde depiction of post-apocalyptic time travel told through a series of stills… More