• Listening to La Jetée

    By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore

    Chris Marker’s La Jetée is the kind of film that haunts the brain. This quality is attributable not only to its unforgettable postapocalyptic imagery but also to its soundscapes, as spare as they are ravishing and mysterious. In this new video essay, we take a closer listen to this wondrous work of science fiction.

6 comments

  • By Jared K.
    July 01, 2012
    11:32 AM

    I'd love to see more pieces like this! Godard was right; video is the ideal form for criticism.
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  • By TrotNixon
    August 09, 2012
    08:58 PM

    +1
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  • By a.j.
    November 17, 2012
    01:04 AM

    Such a haunting film. I don't believe I've ever been quite as moved as I was watching that movie for the first time. And it's so much shorter than other movies, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have an impact as great as movies three times its length or more. Also, the music is amazing.
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  • By MrDude_o_o
    November 30, 2012
    02:18 PM

    The art of photography, the best source to make a film about time and memory.
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  • By guillaume
    February 02, 2013
    11:20 PM

    Trying my damndest to track down the actual music Marker used for the closing credits of the film. Its a choral piece; Christian, medieval..I have the title; but nothing I find on the internet matches what I hear in the movie. Its brooding, echoing, resonating..anyone have any info on the track?
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  • By Barry Moore
    August 19, 2014
    05:31 PM

    I appreciated this insightful, sensuous exploration of the aural dimensions of this masterpiece. Marker's film is so idiosyncratic in its visual presentation that it's usually remembered and discussed for this one aspect, but here our attention is rightly drawn to the equally important effect of sound. Marker's hommages to 'Vertigo' are aptly cited, though I think this is an instance of a later film surpassing its inspiration in artistic quality.
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