“This is the story of a man, marked by an image from his childhood.” Thus begins, with deceptive simplicity, Chris Marker‘s “La Jetée” (1962). The film, by far Marker‘s best-known work, synthesizes many of the elusive filmmaker’s central preoccupations – time and memory, power and resistance, the ephemerality and resilience of love – yet it also undermines the very idea of film. Composed almost entirely of still photographs, “La Jetée” quite literally pieces together the tale of an unnamed, forsaken protagonist, drafted into a series of time travel experiments in post-apocalyptic Paris.
Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time release of the soundtrack from “La Jetée”. This vinyl album features both French and English voiceover narrations, along with organic textures and Trevor Duncan’s impressionistic score. More than half a century has passed since La Jetée‘s theatrical release – now is the time to travel back to the “sudden roar” of this masterpiece in a completely different light.