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La jete
La Jete is a French science fiction short film made in 1962 and is directed by Chris Marker. The film is based on a post-nuclear war experiment with time travel which is constructed with still photographs and won a Jean Vigo Award for short film. A man is sent back in time during this experiment and falls in love with a woman from his childhood memory.

Figure 1 The style of which the story is expressed is unique and also very effective. The use of still images brings a dramatic effect to it and uses slow transitions between images to replicate the pace of a film. The soundtrack's texture is similarly sparse, and the fluid montage leads the viewer into the sensation of watching moving images. (Andrew, 2006) The sound effects and the narration contributes to this sensation of watching moving images, The narrator especially works towards the fluidity that is expressed with an explanation of what is happening, the tone and the timing of when he speaks relates to this.

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The use dynamic viewpoints and dramatic lighting leads the viewer into the mysterious atmosphere that is created by the unique storyline. And if you are familiar with the film, you will know that the people of the future are presented in a stark, minimalist manner that is far more disturbing than an elaborate burst of futuristic production design (Hall, 2011)

Figure 4 There is a moving image within the film where it portrays the woman is seen lying in bed, blinking subtly towards the camera which expresses the romantic bond between the two characters. a montage of still black-and-white photographs (by Jean Chiabaud) at various dramatic paces to create the illusion of a moving picture. That is, with one very notable and subtle exception where an image suddenly moves with a huge emotional impact (Melin, 2012). This short clip lies within the series of images which makes us think we are watching a film, so it is not a surprise to see a moving image appear in the film as the delicacy expressed ties in with fluid montage of photographs.

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Illustrations
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Bibliography
(Andrew, Geoff 2006) Available at: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/geoff-andrew/ (Hall, Phil 2011) http://www.filmthreat.com/features/34818/#ixzz2JxMm19Tu (Melin, Eric 2012)

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Available at: http://www.scene-stealers.com/columns/overlooked-movie-monday/lajetee-sans-soliel-blu-ray-review/