La Jetée

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La Jetée (The Pier) is a 1962 black and white French science fiction short film. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been forced underground due to the aftermath of World War Three and faces extinction from lack of resources, it details a series of time-travel experiments that a prisoner is subjected to in the hopes of being able to acquire aid to help with humanity's present situation.

The film is notable for being shot almost entirely as a series of still images, with no dialogue other than some mumbled German.

The later, more mainstream film, 12 Monkeys, was inspired by La Jetée, and lifts several concepts directly from the older film, including a prisoner being sent back in time to help with an apocalyptic future, and that character having witnessed his own death as a child.

Tropes used in La Jetée include: