New York: Zone Books, 1992. 1st Edition. Small oblong folio, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, black endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
First book edition of French New Wave filmmaker Marker's haunting 1964 ciné-roman, a 28-minute philosophical post-apocalypse sci-fi thriller that turns on time travel, childhood memories, and eros. Told almost entirely through black-and-white still images and voice-over narration, La Jetée is widely considered one of the greatest experimental films ever made, and its influence can be traced in the work of William Gibson, J.G. Ballard, Terry Gilliam, and David Bowie, among others. The book, designed by noted Canadian graphic designer and branding guru Bruce Mau (Zone Books, I.D.), reproduces the film's still imagery and voice-over script in French and English, and contains production notes and a Marker filmography. Re-issued in paperback in 1996, and again in hardcover in 2008, this true first edition is uncommon. Upper corners gently bumped, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #840