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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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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Chris Markers sublime review of the millennium so far., 5 January 2007
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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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