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The Case of the Grinning Cat -- In his newest film, French documentarian and cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium. In November 2001, the filmmaker became intrigued, as did many other Parisians, by the sudden appearance of alluring portraits of grinning yellow cats on buildings, Metro walls and other public surfaces. Marker's cinematic efforts to document the mysterious materializations of this charming feline throughout Paris are a recurring theme of THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT.


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5 December 2004 (France) See more »
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...). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bertrand Cantat ... Himself - 1999 concert (archive footage)
Dieudonné ... Himself - demonstration (archive footage)
Léon Schwartzenberg ... Himself - demonstration (archive footage)

Marina Vlady ... Herself (archive footage)
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frédéric Taddeï ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Marker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Marker 

Produced by
Laurence Braunberger .... producer
Original Music by
Chris Marker  (as Michel Krasna)
Cinematography by
Chris Marker 
Film Editing by
Chris Marker 

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Also Known As:
"Chats perchés" - France (original title)
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59 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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This film was broacast on television and edited on DVD in the same time.See more »
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Features Hotel du Nord (1938)See more »


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1 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
irrelevant and utterly without focus, 4 February 2009
Author: Vincent Pollard from Canada

I really hated this.

Firstly, it was horribly shot - basically the editing and picture quality was comparable to a Handicam movie.

The narration was infuriating and the concept incredibly muddled.

In the end it was a documentary about almost nothing.

Was it about war, urban subcultural memes or both? It ended up not really being about neither.

Very disappointing.

Thank god it was only one hour long.

The extras on the DVD are even more depressingly pointless.

I don't understand how this even made it to DVD.

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