Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Le Jetee vs. subtited films and Edward Muybridge

In watching Le Jetee, I couldn't help but see the parallels between the photo-based film and a subtitled one: both rely on the viewer to put each frame together and create a sense of flow and movement between scenes. Also, I appreciated the way Chris Marker used several different photos of the same subject matter in a row, to have the same effect of Edward Muybridge on animals: he gave the characters movement even though they were not actually moving on-screen. Specifically in the final scene, where the main character is running toward the end of the peir to reach the woman he loves, there is a fairly long series of photos that show him progressing down the pier, and then falling to his death. I think that by not showing the fluid movement, Marker was able to place more emphasis on his facial emotions, which are more important to the scene than seeing him actually run. Also, by showing him run in a series of photos, it was more dramatic to see him fall to his death, because the movement didn't offer a transition into his fall.



Blogger Guillermo Murga said...

I definetely think one has to think more when watching a film like Le Jetee. Doing so, Chris Marker can place more emphasis on certain things, like you mentioned the facial expressions. But I do think a photo-based film takes some of the qualities people love about movies. It is differently different and unique though.

2/14/2007 10:53 AM  
Blogger RachelK said...

I too agree about the progression of visiual images at the end of La Jetee and specifically noticed that these images seemed to have a more rapid fire effect. I think we got a shorter amount of time to see each image which sped up time as well and made us feel like we were almost in real, moving time.

2/26/2007 2:53 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Muybridge uses a series of pictures to create motion and the sense that time is passing through the galloping horse. Marker sees time differently. Instead of a linear procession, time to him is a collage of memories. For example, he goes back and forth between the past and present.

2/26/2007 9:58 AM  

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