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11 MARCH 2011

Revisioning La Jetee as a series of video tableaux vivants

"An adaption and reconstruction of Chris Marker's La Jetee(1963) film. Its tells the story about a man who is marked by an image of his childhood in a post–nuclear war experiment on time travel."

(Choy Ka Fai, 2010)

[This revision of Chris Marker's masterpiece transposes the static black and white photographs of the original through a series of video tableaux vivants. In this way actors hold their position as they are photographed using live–action video. The resulting effect is both eerie and evocative.]

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Simon Perkins
11 MARCH 2011

La Jetee: a science-fiction film about time, memory and history

"This is the story of a man, marked by an image from his childhood. The violent scene that upsets him, and whose meaning he was to grasp only years later, happened on the main jetty at Orly, the Paris airport, sometime before the outbreak of World War III.

Orly, Sunday. Parents used to take their children there to watch the departing planes.

On this particular Sunday, the child whose story we are telling was bound to remember the frozen sun, the setting at the end of the jetty, and a woman's face.

Nothing sorts out memories from ordinary moments. Later on they do claim remembrance when they show their scars. That face he had seen was to be the only peacetime image to survive the war. Had he really seen it? Or had he invented that tender moment to prop up the madness to come?

The sudden roar, the woman's gesture, the crumpling body, and the cries of the crowd on the jetty blurred by fear.

Later, he knew he had seen a man die.

And sometime after came the destruction of Paris. ..."

(Chris Marker, 1962)

Fig.1 [Français] Chris Marker (1962). "La Jetée", Argos Films.

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1962abandoned streetsacross timeairportapocalypse • childhood image • Chris Marker • cine-roman • circular narrative structuredeathdestruction • Etienne Becker • Helene Chatelain • history • Jean Negroni • jettyLa Jeteememory • Orly • Parisphoto filmphoto romanphotographic stillspierportal (science fiction)science-fictionsequence designspectaclespeculative fictionstill imagetimetime travel • Twelve Monkeys • visual depiction

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Simon Perkins
08 OCTOBER 2003

Deleuzian Memory of Sans Soleil

"Deleuze's notion of time–image cinema describes a revolutionary and political cinema. To understand time–image cinema, we must contrast it with movement–image cinema, 'in which frame follows frame according to necessities of action, subordinating time to movement.'1 Clearly, Sans Soleil is nothing like movement–image cinema. The film has no action or plot that could subordinate time; instead, Marker claims that the only qualification these images have for being included in the film is that they quicken the heart. These images span many different time periods from World War II to the present, and a scene is just as likely to cut to West Africa or San Francisco as it is to cut to a different angle within the same room. In the film, an unnamed and unseen narrator reads the fictitious letters of Sandor Krasna, a traveling cameraman (a thinly–veiled alter–ego for Marker)."

(B.C. Holmes)

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16mm • Alexandra Stewart • Anne-Marie L Hote • Antoine Bonfanti • Arielle Dombasle • authorial intrusion • Bajazet (1672) • Beaulieu (camera) • Catherine Adda • Charlotte Kerr • Chris Markercinema • Daniele Tessier • Eugenio Bentivoglio • fictitiousness • Florence Delay • Gilles Deleuze • global histories • Guinea-Bissau • Haroun Tazieff • Hayao Yamaneko • human memory • IcelandJames StewartJapan • Jean Racine • Jean-Michel Humeau • Judy Burton • Kasabian (band) • Kim NovakLa Jeteeletters • Madeleine Elster • Mario Marret • meditation • Modest Mussorgsky • movement-imagenarrationnarratorParis • Paul Bertault • personal histories • Pierre Camus • Riyoko Ikeda • San Francisco • Sana Na N hada • Sandor KrasnaSans Soleil (1983) • Spectron video synthesizer • Stalker (1979)stock footageThomas Stearns Eliottime-imagetravelogueVertigo (1958)video synthesizerWorld War II
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