Chris Marker, 1921-2012: influential French director of “La Jetée” – the inspiration for “12 Monkeys”

Influential French director Chris Marker has died in Paris at the age of 91.

From the article in The Guardian, by Ronald Bergan, dated July 30, 2012:

Chris Marker obituary: Experimental French director acclaimed for his post-apocalyptic film La Jetée:

The essay film, a form pitched between documentary and personal reflection, exploring the subjectivity of the cinematic perspective, has now become an accepted genre. Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, Jean-Luc Godard, Errol Morris and Michael Moore are among its main recent exponents, but Chris Marker, who has died aged 91, was credited with inventing the form. Read the full article.

Marker is chiefly known for his film, La Jetée, which served as an inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s film, 12 Monkeys.

La Jetée is a tour de force science fiction film which deals with a post-apocalyptic world and also involves time travel. It runs about 28 minutes, and is told almost exclusively in still photographs. The dialog consists mainly of voice over narration.

I have seen La Jetée several times and I find it riveting. I have not seen 12 Monkeys but am looking forward to doing so.

Read more about Chris Marker at Wikipedia and IMDb.

You may watch La Jetée on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2