Chris Marker, Creator of 'La Jetée'
Chris Marker (29 July 1921 – 30 July 2012) revolutionized cinema in 26 minutes with several hundred still images, one ghostly live-action shot, and a new approach to narrative and time. It was 1962 when Marker made La Jetée, and his short film has influenced every major director since.
You can read his biography here, but Chris Marker was an elusive person; he didn’t give interviews, nor did he allow himself to be photographed.
He wanted his work to speak for him, and so it should. Watch La Jetée in its full, French language (English-subtitle) version which is available on YouTube (unless it’s been taken down), and from Criterion Collection. Even if you’ve seen it before, this is one you cannot see too many times. It is among the most perfect films ever made, and one of my all-time favorites.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)