La Jetee (1962) is a film which focuses on the idea of time travel and the paradoxes of human memory. A montage of haunting black and white images with a somewhat monotonous yet impactful narration gives off a moody and hollow feel in the 29 minute film. The still images and disjointed, shooting from one idea to the next, person to person panning the conversation the voice is narrating. The images move to the rhythm and beat of the narration similar to a heart beat and you almost find your own heart growing faster and assimilating to the beat in the film. Sitting on the edge of my chair wondering who is the narrator, how does he know this man? A story which highlights unpredictability in memory and how by looking back you can almost become trapped (Marker, C 2017). I thoroughly enjoy La Jetee. The narration following the images at a fast pace was quite mysterious which was intriguing. It really made you think about the idea of being trapped in your own memory, often caught daydreaming I almost jump out of it wondering how long I was absent and what I missed.
Our group montage followed the story written in the in class exercise. A disjointed story of a person who was torn in their actions. I think the group was going for a simplistic approach achieved by using a similar background and illustrating the concepts that were in the story. Overall I think we did a good job however we might have been a little too obvious in our portrayal. Maybe mimicking that torn feeling by having a really fast paced cycle of images at random and a more darker, moodier feel would have portrayed this better. After watching some of the other groups I realised that the narrative is just as important as the sound and image. If you have a great storyline but don’t represent it well it is worthless. Next time we could focus on how non relating objects can still portray our chosen storyline. I think this makes watching the film easier as people can relate on a more personal level making it more interesting and captivating.
Marker, C. 20 March 2017, <http://www.markertext.com/la_jetee.htm>.