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The Pier

A prisoner obsessed with a strange childhood memory is selected for a time travel experiment – a desperate attempt of humanity trapped underground after World War III to change its past and tragic events leading to the war. A legendary still image montage that inspired Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (1995).

  • France
  • 1962, 28 min
  • Director: Chris Marker
  • Director of photography: Jean Chiabaut, Chris Marker
  • Editor: Jean Ravel
  • Screenplay: Chris Marker
  • Music: Trevor Duncan
  • Cast: Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux
  • Contacts: Argos Films S. A.


Chris Marker

Chris Marker (b. 1921, France) is a French writer, photographer, director of documentaries and author of multimedia works. He is sometimes called “the only true film essayist” and is best known for his films The Pier (1962), Grin Without a Cat (1977) and Sans Soleil (1982).