La Jetee Chris Marker’s film

La Jetee Chris Marker’s film

New French Wave Movies are exclusively reliant on technology and hence are produced in more of a green technology environment where different sceneries are technologically projected to fit the desires of the producers. Unlike these contemporary movies, “story of man” adopts a more realistic approach to action and fiction with the active employment of technology and realistic scenarios depending on the massage that Chris seeks to pass to the audience.

La Jetee is Chris Marker’s film work that appears too different from other French movies in quite a fascinating way. Majority of the French made movies are composed of moderation when it comes to technology, imagery and other futuristic aspect. La Jetee is a “story of a man marked by an image from his childhood” (Smith 1). Right from the onset, the movie starts on a futuristic tone when Chris says “the hero will travel in time toward the childhood image”. Unlike other typical films that are set on the reality of catastrophes such as earth quake, La Jetee embraces fiction in a quite captivating manner (Smith 1).



Down the scientific laboratories, the hero of La Jetee is fictionally fixated by a secret camp that has interest in knowing the secrets of this hero (Smith 1).  The audience is brought to the realization that revealing certain secrets in the life of the hero can lead to death as he fictionally relives the experience with his tormentor in tender years. Therefore, Chris opts to shift from the perennial French culture of wave movie production that is built on mere imagination which is technologically predisposed.

Majority of the French new wave contemporary movies rely on imaginations and never align to the universal film editing standards that allows freedom of editing. Chris deviates from this trend by developing a free flowing film with the freedom of editing as other universal films commonly made in Hollywood.  In fact this film can easily be confused to a Hollywood movie. The rich combination of technology and reality creates an ambient environment for Chris to progressively develop his story.

The dilemma of the hero between the memory confines, and real life experiences is a definite distinction of this movie from the new French wave movies that are exclusively built on the technology. It is also a movie that announces the change and challenge of the entire French film industry (Smith 1). After La Jetee, the French based film makers realized that embracing new ideas and technologies will not dent the future of the French film industry. Instead, this film came as a surprise wake up call to the producers to even embrace more complex technologies in to different classes of film as per their target populace. The film fits across all audiences because the events are artistically developed from the creative point; through the fiction stage comes out an excellent master piece (Smith 1).

La Jetee still attracts substantial number of viewers even in the age of highly crafted science-fiction movies. Chris made his mark with the exquisite knowledge of imagery blended together with the excellent touch of aboriginality. Personally, I rate this film as a classic edition and hence maintain it in my library for reviewing. Surprisingly, the film never lacks its excellent flow and captivating story line.






Work cited

 Smith, P. On La Jetée by Jean-Louis Schefer, accessed 2015 on 17th March 2016 from,


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