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Friday, 14 January 2011

2001: A Space Odyssey - 1968

And now for what might be my most ambitious review to date, I will be reviewing a film that, fittingly, ranks among some of the most ambitious films ever made.
2001: A Space Odyssey.

Directed by the great and often revered Stanley Kubrick, 2001 might just be his most widely recognised film by the general public, although that title might belong to The Shining, but I can't be sure for I am not a member of the general public.
But I digress, back to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film ahead of it's time which dramatically changed the way films were made and brought the previously overlooked genre of Science Fiction to it's height in Cinema.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

La Jetée (The Jetty) - 1962

La Jetée is a French short directed by Chris Marker in 1962, Marker was a prominent member of the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) movement which itself was part of the much more influential French New Wave.

I am not sure whether to call this work a "film" or not, as it is instead composed entirely of still photos, except for one scene for which Marker had managed to rent a camera for an afternoon.
So many things are peculiar about this work. The fact that there is no dialogue, the story is told entirely through voice-over, the aforementioned fact that it is almost entirely composed of stills and of course the strange yet compelling Science Fiction story.