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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, ''TwelveMonkeys'', 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 [[spoiler: that character having witnessed his own death as a child]].

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!!This Movie Contains Examples of:
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Time travel works by apparently putting little masks with strings or wires over your eyes.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]
* [[spoiler: CrystalSpiresAndTogas]]: [[spoiler: The protagonist glimpses a version of this when he is sent into the future.]]
* HeartbeatSoundtrack
* JustBeforeTheEnd
* LeFilmArtistique
* NoNameGiven: None of the characters have actual names.
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Russian Chanting]]
* PhotoMontage: The ''entire film'' is made up of still photos, with panning effects to imply motion. Except for one scene (a literal "blink and you'll miss it") where a series of photos show [[spoiler:The Woman opening her eyes]].
* StableTimeLoop: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] twice: [[spoiler: With the time traveler convincing the people of the future to help the people of the past survive, and with the jailer killing him to create the memory that made it possible for him to travel in time in the first place]].
* YouCantFightFate
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast
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