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A 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.

Director:

Chris Marker (as Chris. Marker)

Writer:

Chris Marker
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Credited cast:
Laurence Cuvillier Laurence Cuvillier ... Narrator (voice)
Davos Hanich Davos Hanich ... Narrator (voice)
François Maspero François Maspero ... Narrator (voice)
Yves Montand ... Narrator (voice)
François Périer ... Narrator (voice)
Sandra Scarnati Sandra Scarnati ... Narrator (voice)
Jorge Semprún ... Narrator (voice)
Simone Signoret ... Narrator (voice)
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Beatriz Allende Beatriz Allende ... Self (archive footage)
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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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Documentary

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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in 1977, the film was revised by director Chris Marker in 1993. Among other things, Marker added a coda addressing the end of the Cold War. This later version was given English subtitles and released in the United States in 2002 as "A Grin without a Cat." See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) See more »

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What's the point?
2 June 2009 | by lastliberalSee 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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Country:

France

Release Date:

23 November 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Grin Without a Cat See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,449, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:

$43,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,616
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1993)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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