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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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Cast

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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatriz Allende Beatriz Allende ... Herself (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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Country:

France

Release Date:

23 November 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grin Without A Cat See more »

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Runtime:

| (1993)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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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 »

Connections

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

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1967
6 May 2002 | by carlospavanSee all my reviews

This is Chris Marker's three hour elegy to the New Left and the contradictions that swept the world in 1967 and 68. Divided in two parts, Marker covers Vietnam, Che's death, May 68, Prague, Chile and much more, connecting these images with Marker's comments about the downfall of the New Left.

Each image is so powerful by itself. From a distorted Fidel giving a speech to a demonstration in Japan against a company that's poisoning the water. A true compilation of historical documents. It's three hours long, but it's worth it.


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