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La Jetée ("The Jetty") is a 1962 28-minute black and white science fiction film by Chris Marker.

It tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel by using a series of filmed still photographs playing out as a photomontage of varying pace with no dialogue and a narration consisting of a voice-over. It contains only one brief shot originating on a motion-picture camera. The film score was composed by Trevor Duncan.

Due to its brevity, it often accompanies other films; Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) was the film with which it was first released.

In French, "jetée" is derived the feminine past participle of the verb jeter, which means "to throw". Hence, the title has another meaning, as the main character is described as being "thrown" through time. The title is also a near-homophone of "there I was" ("là j'étais").



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