La Jetée: Intense French Science Fiction Film

La Jetée is a French science fiction photo-novel made by Chris Marker in 1962.  It is composed almost entirely of still photos that tell the story of a man who is selected as an ideal subject for time travel experiments conducted by survivors of World War III.  What I like about this piece is that it is real science fiction.  It’s experimental.  It deals with some sort of future.  It’s about humanity and technology.  It’s mysterious.  It’s everything that most so-called science fiction today is not.  Chris Marker has been a filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer and digital multimedia artist for many decades.  He is considered one of the most influential experimental filmmakers in the world.