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A Grin Without a Cat

As part of the Film Series Revolution in the Air, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to announce the screening of A Grin Without A Cat (Le fond de l'air est rouge) by Chris Marker.

A Grin Without a Cat / Le Fond de l'air est rouge by Chris Marker
1977 – France – 96 min
April 10 
| 7:00 p.m.

In French with English subtitles.

Beginning in 1967 and spanning a decade of political upheaval, this groundbreaking documentary darts at breakneck speed between revolutionary hot spots on four continents. It juxtaposes iconic leaders (Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong) with dimly remembered agitators (Daniel Cohen-Bendit, Douglas Bravo) and rank-and-file radicals, while developing a cluster of over arching themes such as the dissolution of Europe’s Old Left, the relationship of institutionalized power to guerrilla warfare, and the lingering shadow of Stalinism. Neither embittered critique nor unalloyed celebration of Sixties utopian energies, the film lays out a complex and surprisingly nuanced view of history that wrestles valiantly with collective as well as individual contradictions as it reconstructs, in theorist Regis Debray’s fine phrase, “the revolution within the revolution" (Paul Arthur).


Online registration is required for this screening.