La Jetee tells the story of a man haunted by a death he witnessed as a young boy before the third world war. A review from TimeOut states:
"This classic 'photo-roman' about the power of memory - 'the story of a man marked by an image of his childhood' - begins at Orly airport a few years before WWIII."
This war destroyed Paris and many other places with the survivors living underground. The main character becomes a test subject, with little choice due to being a prisoner which leads him into a time travelling project in which he travels to the future and into the past, as the review from Film4 states:
"Hanich is the man chosen in some indeterminate, post-apocalyptic future to be the guinea pig in a vital scientific experiment. In a number of sessions he travels backwards and forwards in time."
A review by Bosley Crowther for The New York Times in 1969 states:
"...it does get across a vague impression of Frankensteinian meddling with the brain."
The way that the main characters captors play with the mind is unnerving and a unsettling mainly because they are attempting to manipulate the mind into travelling time, something which shouldn't be explored. The apparatus attached to the main character looks similar to that of a hospital heart monitor suggesting perhaps that this future is not to far the present day and that a third world war could be predicted in the years to come.
TimeOut (-) La Jetee.
At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/77181/la_jetee.html (Accessed on 02.02.11)
Film4 (-) La Jetee.
At: http://www.film4.com/reviews/1962/la-jet-amp-233-e (Accessed on 02.02.11)
Crowther, Bosley (1969) Castles for Two.
At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D04EFDD113CE53BBC4E52DFB766838C679EDE&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes (Accessed on 02.02.11)