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La Jetée: ciné-roman

by Chris Marker

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Images and script (in both French and English) from one of the greatest experimental films ever made by a master of the form. "This book version of La Jetée is, to my mind, astonishingly beautiful. It brings a total freshness to the work and a new way to use photos to deal with dramatic events. Not a film's book, but a book in its own right; the real ciné-roman announced in the film's credits."; Chris Marker La Jetée, the legendary science fiction film about time and memory after a nuclear apocalypse, was released in 1964 and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest experimental films ever made. (It provided the basis for Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys.) Chris Marker, who is the undisputed master of the film essay, composed this postapocalyptic story almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs. The story concerns an experiment in recovering and changing the past through the action of memory, yet the film can be read as a poem dominated by a single moving image, which in its context becomes one of the supreme moments in the history of film. This Zone Books edition reproduces the film's original images along with the script in both English and French.… (more)
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a beautifully produced book-version of one of the best films of all time. See the film, though, first--this book is a lovely complement, and for true Marker fans. He's such a genius. ( )
  lxydis | May 11, 2013 |
This is a beautiful reprinting of the still images that make up the film La Jetée. It also contains the English and French scripts in accompaniment. Unlike all the versions of the movie that I've seen, these images are clear and not washed out. Looking at the images in a book also allows you to really see the details and to pick out more information than watching the film.

If I had a complaint, it's that sometimes instead of printing a full page image, the authors (editors?) would to put multiple small images on a page. Sometimes it's used to good effect (showing "movement" buy letting you see a sequence all at once) and sometimes it just makes you squint. ( )
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Images and script (in both French and English) from one of the greatest experimental films ever made by a master of the form. "This book version of La Jetée is, to my mind, astonishingly beautiful. It brings a total freshness to the work and a new way to use photos to deal with dramatic events. Not a film's book, but a book in its own right; the real ciné-roman announced in the film's credits."; Chris Marker La Jetée, the legendary science fiction film about time and memory after a nuclear apocalypse, was released in 1964 and is considered by many critics to be among the greatest experimental films ever made. (It provided the basis for Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys.) Chris Marker, who is the undisputed master of the film essay, composed this postapocalyptic story almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs. The story concerns an experiment in recovering and changing the past through the action of memory, yet the film can be read as a poem dominated by a single moving image, which in its context becomes one of the supreme moments in the history of film. This Zone Books edition reproduces the film's original images along with the script in both English and French.

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Editions: 0942299671, 0942299663

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