From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
It tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel by using a series of filmed still photographs playing out as a photomontage of varying pace with no dialogue and a narration consisting of a voice-over. It contains only one brief shot originating on a motion-picture camera. The film score was composed by Trevor Duncan.
In French, "jetée" is derived the feminine past participle of the verb jeter, which means "to throw". Hence, the title has another meaning, as the main character is described as being "thrown" through time. The title is also a near-homophone of "there I was" ("là j'étais").
- Jean Négroni as narrator
- Hélène Chatelain as the Woman
- Davos Hanich as the Man
- Jacques Ledoux as The Experimenter
- Ligia Branice as a woman from the future
- Janine Kleina as a woman from the future
- William Klein as a man from the future