What ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Terminator’ Owe to ‘La Jetée’

Chris Marker, who died earlier this year at 91, was an enigmatic figure, reluctant to be photographed and prone to biographical embellishment. A creature of the European postwar avant-garde, Marker would seem an unlikely influence on modern Hollywood. But his 28-minute “photo-novel,” “La Jetée” — a shuffle of mostly still black-and-white images now marking its 50th birthday — has spawned more would-be blockbusters than any comic book or series of fantasy novels.

From The New York Times

The contemporary greats are influenced by the classics

What ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Terminator’ Owe to ‘La Jetée’

Chris Marker, who died earlier this year at 91, was an enigmatic figure, reluctant to be photographed and prone to biographical embellishment. A creature of the European postwar avant-garde, Marker would seem an unlikely influence on modern Hollywood. But his 28-minute “photo-novel,” “La Jetée” — a shuffle of mostly still black-and-white images now marking its 50th birthday — has spawned more would-be blockbusters than any comic book or series of fantasy novels.

From The New York Times


The contemporary greats are influenced by the classics