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4.4
343 Ratings

A Grin Without a Cat

Le fond de l'air est rouge

Directed by Chris Marker
France, 1977
Documentary, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

Chris Marker’s remarkable documentary about the rise and fall of the New Left in the 1960s and 1970s was originally released in 1977, but was reworked in 1993 in the wake of the Cold War’s end and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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A Grin Without a Cat Directed by Chris Marker

Critics reviews

With brilliant paradoxes born of suave associations of images and a probing, whimsical voice-over, Marker brings together seemingly disparate facts and ideas in surprising, provocative ways (his take on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, in August of 1968, alone is worth the price of admission), even if his ultimate dream of a dictatorship of the proletariat remains, thankfully, nothing more than his self-abnegating fantasy.
July 19, 2017
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Chris Marker’s magnum opus, an epic meditation on the gradual dissolution of the Left after 1967, compiled from decades of personal footage shot around the world, newsreels, and sundry other sources.
October 28, 2011
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