Fig.1 La Jetee Poster.
The film In a whole is a series of still images with narration explaining what the images are representing, The film is about the aftermath of World War Three in Paris and the means to stop the tragedy by using time travel.
Patrick Samuel said: "Set in the aftermath of World War III in the bombed out city of Paris, we meet survivors who are kept underground in the Palais de Chaillot galleries. This is where experiments in time travel are taking place. It’s also where we meet an un-named man – a prisoner – he’s the only one who can withstand the effects of the experiments. He’s desperate to solve the puzzle of the image that haunts him; when he witnessed the death of a man, and the woman who watched it with him. Her face remains burned in his memory." (Samuel,2013)
Fig.2 Film Still.
A group of scientist start to experiment with time travel by fining humans who will be able to withstand the shock of time travel, after many failed attempts the scientists turn to prisoner who seems to be capable of withstanding time travel, he is sent to his pre-war past where he would of been a child and meets a women who he soon develops feelings for and forms a relationship with her, he is then sent to the future to gather help on stopping the war, the future kind give him a devise to stop the war. Once the war has been stopped the man is told he is able to stay with the future kind, he instead requests to be sent back to the pre-war times to join the women he had fallen in love with.
Fig.3 Woman from the past.
After he is sent back he finds the women but realizes she has been killed by one of the scientist agents, the agent then turns and kills him, destroying any association with the parallel world and the means of time travel.
"This classic 'photo-roman' about the power of memory - 'the story of a man marked by an image of his childhood' - begins at Orly airport a few years before WWIII. That image is of a woman's face at the end of the pier; and in the post-apocalyptic world the man now inhabits as a prisoner, he is given the chance to discover its true significance as a guinea-pig in a time travel experiment. Marker uses monochrome images recognisably from the past, such as the ruins of Europe after WWII, and with a few small props and effects, subtly suggests a future environment. The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. Until, that is, an extraordinary epiphany when an image genuinely does move: the man's sleeping lover opens her eyes." DT
Patrick Samuel January 3rd, 2013, http://staticmass.net/world/la-jetee-1962-review/
DT (There where no dates stated on the webpage) :http://www.timeout.com/london/film/la-jetee