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la jetée

Chris Marker's famous ciné-roman (film-novel) 'La Jetée' (1962), only half an hour long and comprised almost entirely of black and white stills, remains one of the best science fiction films of all time. Compared to its remake, 'Twelve Monkeys', it is a wonder of simplicity, a profound meditation on time and memory.

La Jetée

Both the original French version (no subtitles) and the English version are at Google Video. (Via Kottke.)

Update: In place of the film, have a look at these beautiful stills gallery from the film.


the machine stops

E.M. Forster , not exactly known for science fiction, wrote an interesting short story called ' The Machine Stops ' (first published in 1909), depicting a future society eerily like our own Internet age. Humankind has moved undergroun… Read the full post »

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