Watch a Wonderful Video Essay About Chris Marker’s Use of Sound in ‘La Jetée’
As one of the most stunning and unparalled pieces of cinema ever made, Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée may be brief, but the emotional memory it evokes possesses you long after. With an ineffable sense of beauty in the post-apocalyptic landscapes and imagery, the poetic wisdom that weaves throughout, and philosophical inquires that penetrate the film, we’re presented with static images, snapshots of moments that speak volumes above mere dialogue. Marker’s time-traveling science fiction film is not only a haunting and ravishing pleasure for the eye but also for the ear, with its varying sonic landscape—mixing classical scoring with ambient sound. And with Echo Chamber: Listening to La Jetée, we’re given an in-depth and delightful video essay that illustrates the elements of sound in Marker’s film, calling the score of La Jetee‘s it’s own, "musical hall of mirrors."