If you've never seen the 1962 science fiction film La Jetée — which inspired Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys — then you're going to have a new chance to check it out. The Criterion Collection is putting out a new Blu-ray version of La Jetée along with Sans Soleil, another film from Chris Marker.
One of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made and a mind-bending free-form travelogue: La Jetée and Sans Soleil couldn't seem more different-but they're the twin pillars of an unparalleled and uncompromising career in cinema. A filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, Chris Marker has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his investigations of time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. These two films-a tale of time travel told in still images and a journey to Africa and Japan-remain his best-loved and most widely seen.
The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p digital transfer, uncompressed monaural soundtracks, and supplements include: Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said; Two interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke; Two excerpts from the French television series Court-circuit (le magazine); A look at David Bowie's music video for the song "Jump They Say," inspired by La Jetée; An analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influence on Marker; Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker about the Emeryville Mudflats; and a booklet featuring an essay by Marker scholar Catherine Lupton, an interview with Marker, notes on the films and filmmaking by Marker, and more.