Twelve Monkeys, preceded by La jetée
Twelve Monkeys. Dir. Terry Gilliam. 1995, 127 mins. 35mm. With Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer.
La jetée. Dir. Chris Marker. 1962, 28 mins. 35mm. With Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich.
Marker’s seminal science-fiction short La jetée, concerning a time traveler in a post-apocalyptic Paris who is haunted by his own mysterious past, is considered by many as the greatest short film. Told entirely in photographs (with one remarkable exception), this mind-bending work has influenced countless filmmakers. One of them is Gilliam, who remade La jetée as Twelve Monkeys, a lovingly expanded, action-packed update of the film featuring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and an Oscar-nominated Brad Pitt.
Tickets for Friday evening screenings: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.