New York: Zone Books, 1992. First Edition. Oblong Folio. (20cm x 25cm.) Unpaginated. Full black cloth with titles in silver gilt on spine. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Jacket with two closed tears to top of front upper panel and very light edgewear to corners. Else clean, tight and Fine. Item #68
Photoplay Book Edition of the seminal 1962 Science Fiction film, "La Jetèe", authored by the director himself, Chris Marker. In a sparse 28 minutes, using black and white still images by Jean Chiabaud and a terse, voice-over narration, Marker managed to make this short film about love, memory and time travel into a cinematic classic. Since its debut in 1962, little "La Jetèe" has been a major influence over writers and filmakers, most notably, Terry Gilliam, director of the 1995 American remake, "12 Monkeys". Marker, trained as a journalist, and part of the French New Wave, used a photomontage sequence of film stills to create both the narrative of the movie and of this book, creating a unique and experimental experience that continues to resonates through films like "Looper", David Bowie's videos and J.G. Ballard's writing (his review is on the front flap). Perhaps the greatest irony is that Marker, who died in 2012, was very secretive, changed his name often and would rarely let photos of himself be taken. A scarce book by an elusive artist.