LAST NT I SAW 12 MONKEYS

LAST NT I SAW 12 MONKEYS. NOW I'M EDITIN ON A CHINATOWN BUS (THE ARMY IS HERE, -BRAD PITT) TO PHL.

[off the bus] It dawned on me the narrative structure of Twelve Monkeys may be the closest to the Animated Musical, closer than Citizen Kane and other flashback-movies. There's a similar post-apocalyptic element in the story, too, but no crazy characters. Of course, Twelve Monkeys without the questionable mental stability is like Top Gun without the latent homoeroticism: i.e., not much. Check out David Morgan's extensive on-set and post-production interviews with Terry Gilliam & Co.

La Jetee, production still, 1962, Chris Marker La Jete, 1962, Chris Marker
If you head toward Twelve Monkeys, you have to keep going to La Jete, Chris Marker's seminal New Wave sci-fi short which is the jumping off point for Janet & David Peoples' script. The post-apocalyptic story explores the essence of memory, time, and our ability to attain transcendance. While they're not influences per se (I haven't actually seen La Jete yet...), they're clearly antecedents. I think I need to look into this a bit more...

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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