Worksheet 5 - Worksheet five The principal figure in La...

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Worksheet five The principal figure in La Jetée is a time traveller who journeys back to his childhood and his memories of it and forward into a future that rejects him like a barrier he cannot cross. Except for the slightest movement in a single image, the images of the film are photographs, still images, photographs, each one fragile and delicate because they are memory images, suspended moments. The photograph is an image of an instant in time, excised, removed from time, immobile, atemporal. As the principal figure enters memory, the return to the past is a return to time and to frozen still moments which cannot be connected, cannot move forward, are tenuous and vulnerable because they are also caught up in an imaginary love story belonging to the past. It is a love desired all the more for being unattainable, beyond grasp, because the images have already been, not as memory exactly but as imagination. The images, like the love affair, are constantly placed at risk by time, hence their preciousness, precariousness and intensity. The closer the traveller-dreamer gets to these moments, even to the border of their flickering movement and therefore to the a close to the present, the further away and unreachable
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course FIL 3363C taught by Professor Samrohdie during the Fall '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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