French filmmaker Chris Marker’s three hour epic cinematic meditation on the rise and the fall of the new left has finally arrived to home video. His documentary “A Grin Without A Cat,” traverses the world over from Vietnam, to Cuba, to Chile, to France in compiling a mosaic of rare historical footage from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The barrage of suggestive images – including the above clip of the U.S. bombardment of Vietnam – provokes thoughts of retrospection looking back at the times that saw the rise of the French Popular Front, the fall of Allende’s path to socialism and the death of the violent revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Indeed, as the fourth part of the film suggests “From Allende to – ???” Where we go from this hopeful and tragically traumatic period of history is up to us. It is an epilogue to “A Cat Without A Grin,” that has yet to be filmed.
In the meantime, Chris Marker’s magnus opus is available via KPFK’s pledge drive which is ongoing now. You can pledge for it online: