This is a strategically important shot. It comes right in the middle of the film (0:58:30), finally putting the weight of danger on Ripley’s shoulders. Her importance was gradually developing and accumulating before this scene… to materialize in a perfect visual solution.
”La Jetée” (1962) is a very unusual project. It is…
…a photo novel – a science fiction short film made almost entirely in still photographs. 29 minutes of brain-penetrating painful stills.
…a dystopian science fiction movie made by Chris Marker, a French director whose career spanned for 5 decades and his most notable work were documentary essays, not feature films – let alone science fiction. Yet ”La Jetée” was interconnected with his later works in terms of the spirit.
…incredibly long-lived for a film with such an unusual form – no action, no stars and no actual video – that directly inspired one of the best Terry Gilliam’s films ”12 Monkeys”. Yes, the time when Hollywood still had the guts of making these kind of weird ‘remakes’.
…a grim philosophical story about human perception of things and memory, madness, love, time interchangeability and bleakness.
”The victors stood guard over an empire of rats.”
Let them laugh at their passions.
Because what they call passion actually is not part of their soul, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world.
And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a giant, and strength is nothing.
When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies.
Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.