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Grin Without a Cat (1977)

Le fond de l'air est rouge (original title)
French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

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French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

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23 November 1977 (France)  »

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The untranslatable French title is a play on words suggesting that revolution was in the air but not on the ground. The English title, "A Grin without a Cat", has a similar meaning. Director Chris Marker has given it the subtitle "Scenes from the Third World War 1967-1977". See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1998) See more »

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What's the point?
2 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know that I am supposed to like this film. Unfortunately, as it is almost strictly for the political converts, I didn't.

It is basically a collection of unused film footage from the late 60s and early 70s, showing significant moments in the leftist revolution, and how they dropped the ball, i.e. a "grin" without a cat. Yawn! Watching home movies of a leftist movement that compromised itself out of existence is not very satisfying.

Film students may find appreciation of this work, but after watching Marker's most famous creation, "La Jetée", I expected more.

Despite the fact that it was reworked, it just didn't measure up to my expectations.


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