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Mixed Media Cinema: A Short Film

May 31, 2010

“La Jetée” from 1962 was a short cinematic film by director Chris Marker, and it is unusual in that it uses still photographs for presenting the visual narrative instead of simply being a motion picture. 

The film is composed almost entirely of still photographs set to music and a voice-over narrator.  This has an interesting impact as it makes the viewer focus longer on the imagery presented.  This gives the scenes a heightened drama.

For me, the future-apocalyptic / science fiction nature of the storyline was where memories of WWII and Cold War tensions collided at the time of its making, and the impression evoked the memory of watching old black and white “Twilight Zone” episodes.  This piece is interesting from the perspective of a visual artist because it uses different media simultaneously, and I am especially interested when an older media or art form (such as photography) is used in conjunction with a newer technological media (such as film). 

The total running time is 28 minutes.  The links below are an English language dub without any subtitles:

Part One:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzPi7-faGkw

Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbVjqXYUWpo

Part Three:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGwlN5t30W4

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