Three hours long and organised in two parts, acclaimed photographer, writer and filmmaker Chris Marker’s astonishing film displays an array of archival historical footage ingeniously edited to retrace the issues, events and debates that provoked the upsurge of political activity in France and across the world in the late 1960s and early 1970s: the rise of right-wing oppression and the crisis of the traditional left.
In the author’s own words, A Grin without a Cat is pitched against what he saw as the historical amnesia caused by the television treatment of global events, where “one event is swept away by another […] and it all finally descends into collective oblivion”. A question that is still acute now, forty years on.
Running Time: 3 hours plus 15 minute interval
BBFC Advice: adv 15
Director(s): Chris Marker.
Country of Origin: France
Year of release: 1977
Language(s): In French with English subtitles
This is part of the What's Left? A Century In Revolution seasonSee all
The screening of A Grin Without A Cat will be preceded by a round table discussion with the What’s Left? curatorial team (Dusan Radunovic, Andy Byford, Abir Hamdar, Anoush Ehteshami and Francisco-Hernández Adrián) where they will sum up the key themes and conclusions of the special programme. At the end, Dusan Radunovic will introduce Chris Marker’s film.
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