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A Grin without a Cat

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. 


Event Information

Running Time: 3 hours plus 15 minute interval

BBFC Advice: adv 15

Director(s): Chris Marker.

Country of Origin: France

Year of release:

Language(s): In French with English subtitles

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This is part of the What's Left? A Century In Revolution season

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What's Left? Rethinking Revolution through Visual Art and Cinema Today


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.

Free entry

Ticket prices

Full price: £6.75

Concession: £5.75

Friends of Tyneside Cinema: £5

Students & Young Tyneside: £4

Benefit: £1

Carers: Free

Pass for 5 films in season*

Full price: £25

Pass for 3 films in season*

Full price: £18

*Please note that passes do not include October: Ten Days That Shook The World and A-Level student seminar: Battleship Potemkin. Passes are subject to availability and can only be booked in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office or by calling 0191 227 5500. All films must be booked at the same time in order to qualify for this deal.

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Please note that films in this programme will play with no adverts or trailers and will start ten minutes after the advertised start time.

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