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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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Technical Specs

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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Le fond de l'air est Marker...
2 March 2008 | by carlitaantoniniSee all my reviews

As always Marker give us a breathtaking beautiful movie to shake our minds and think about the world around us. Its sad to realize through the images that even when the movie is about the history of 50 years back now, the ideologies, the problems and the unfairness of the world remains pretty the same. The compilation of images, documents, videos, interviews is excellent. How can Marker be everywhere and always in the right moment? Just because is Marker I guess. Excellent movie for people of any age or nationality in the mood of caring about the society and enjoying Marker's mastery using the video as a real communicator of deep thoughts.


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