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The Case of the Grinning Cat (2004)

Chats perchés (original title)
Paris 2002. Yellow cats appears on the walls. Chris Marker is looking for these mysterious cats and captures with his camera the political and international events of these last two years (war in Iraq...).

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Monsieur Chat is a character (a yellow grinning cat) which appeared on Paris walls at the beginning of the years 2000. Following its steps, Chris Marker is depicting the very recent french history (elections, demonstrations, state scandals etc.) through the perceptive eye of this strange graffiti... Written by anonymous

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Chris Markers sublime review of the millennium so far.
5 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Chris Markers sublime review of the millennium so far.

His camera cuts across the streets of Paris, via the métro, via TV, via the internet. the trite of politicians, the noise of demonstration marches, the poignancy of funeral processions. via the subtle gaze of girls, and the mischievous gaze of M. Chat.

These cuts, put together, provide a document of the previous 4 years, it's roots to the past, and a glimpse of its future.

  • to get the most out of this film it helps to know a bit about French


current affairs. - note, out of interest, the many references to surrealists, and their cultural legacy.


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