Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Schizophrenic time travel uses image as a tool. Chris Marker's 1962 French sci-fi classic La jetée elaborates this. The film, consisting almost entirely of still photos, depicts a post-nuclear future in which the protagonist is subject to experiments to displace him in time. Whether the travel is real or imagined remains ambiguous. The goal of his trip is to avert nuclear war and recapture lost love. This is the inspiration of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys.

Rodowick analyzes this film and other sci-fi cinema using Deleuzian film theory in Gilles Deleuze's Time Machine. Roy Brand's first year studies in Philosophy and Film is using this text. As the year progresses we might find them to be a useful resource in developing these ideas. Can we think of any other texts or films which play with these concepts?
author = {Rodowick, David Norman},
title = {Gilles Deleuze's Time Machine},
publisher = {MIT},
year = {2004},
address = {Cambridge},
isbn = {0822319705}

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