Continuing on from yesterday’s post with another related Criterion extra, here we have an exceptional video essay that examines Chris Marker’s landmark short work La Jetée (1962) not from the perspective of its still-image visual aesthetic — as is so often done — but rather with specific attention paid to the film’s audio elements. This approach focuses on Marker’s use of an evocative ambient soundscape in addition to his employment of richly detailed voiceover narration and a beautiful musical score by Trevor Duncan (one that recalls Vertigo, a major inspiration for the film itself as well as an influence on Marker and his work in general).
As a reminder: TIFF Cinematheque’s semi-retrospective Marker program, Films in Remembrance of Things to Come: Works by Chris Marker, starts this evening with a screening of the French filmmaker’s 1983 movie Sans Soleil, an experimental travelogue that is often heralded as the greatest “essay film” ever made. The series will continue tomorrow with a triple-feature of Remembrance of Things to Come (2003), La Jetée, and The Sixth Side of the Pentagon (1968). Program information can be found here.