A new take on the much explored idea of time travel in cinema. La Jetée uses photography as a medium to create story
, it’s a
short film which runs for approximately 28 minutes; the award winning film uses images to successfully create an eerie suspensewhere nothing has actually happened but is about to, the viewers are forced to wait, this together with audio made La Jetée thefilm it is today.The Third World War has happened and scientists are experimenting with time traveling, sending subject to the past and the futuret
o save the present, they’re drawn to a particular
man who has a very vivid memory from his past of a man being shot, and a face
of a woman, though he’d previously
been unsure of what happened he later understands the significance of this moment. He getssent into the past, and he meets the woman of his memory, he forms a romantic relationship with her, because of his success
with time travelling into the past, he’s then sent t
o the future, he obtains something which is able to save his present. His missionwas complete and he was to be executed, he is then contacted by people of the future who offer him a way out, they offer to keephim in the future, but he requests to go back and live in the past with the woman, when he gets back to the past, before he could
reach the woman he’s killed in cold blood; this is the exact scene he see as a young child.
A film where the viewers are allowed to watch and reflect on the significance of frame before the story continue; before this film,not many people thought it was possible to tell a story with just simply images, La Jetée was the film that proved the scepticswrong, there is a brief moment in the film where the woman blinks, though as odd as it might have been having a moving image inthis film felt surreal; suspended in disbelief, the audience
almost forgets that they’re watching images, but when the woman
blink,it feels strange and as people talk more about what actually happens in the film, that point in the film feels like the most
significant. Ureil Orlow talks about the photography in the film he said that “
La Jetée represents the power to interrupt the flow of narrative
” (Orlow, 1999), here Orlow talks about how effect the timing between each image is effect for the type of film La Jetée
is. Interrupting the flow of narrative gives time for the viewer to think, although people can come out of the film not known whatthey had just seen, it gives you the opportunity to understand, and then creates appropriate suspense for a dark psycho take ontime travel.
Figure 2. Love interest?