La Jetée / 12 Monkeys
U.S. / France, 1995 / 1962, 129 min / 28 min, 35mm, Dir. Terry Gilliam / Chris Marker
Coral Gables Art CinemaSat, Apr 29, 2017 11:45 PM Event Date Passed

The CGAC presents a rare double bill on 35mm of Terry Gilliam’s neo-noir 12 Monkeys with the French classic it was based on, La Jetée. When Universal Pictures bought the remake right’s to La Jetée, the studio hired Blade Runner screenwriter David Peoples to write the new version. Terry Gilliam, who usually directs his own scripts, found Peoples’ work to be an intriguing and intelligent script.” What resulted is a uniquely Gilliam-branded tale of non-linear madness. In 2035, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time and discover the origins of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of human civilization. But when Cole is accidentally sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he winds up in a mental hospital, where he meets a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and the unhinged son (Brad Pitt) of a famous virus expert (Christopher Plummer). The narrative is taken directly from La Jetée, whose story about a post-nuclear war experiment in travel is presented almost entirely from still photos, emphasizing how memories and experiences are fleeting.