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Short Film of the Day: La Jetée

Why Watch? Because sometimes we have to understand the past to understand the present. That goes for our favorite films as well.

This short film, created in 1962 by Chris Marker, was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. It’s done entirely in black and white with stunning still photography – the story told by a deep-throated narrator. And that story?

In Paris, after World War III, a man informs our hero that mankind is doomed and that the only salvation lies in time travel.

What Will It Cost? Just 26 minutes of your time.

Does it get better any better than that?

Check out La Jetée for yourself:

LA JETEE (1962)

Written and Directed By: Chris Marker

Starring: Jean Négron, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, and Jacques Ledoux

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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