A Grin Without A Cat

1993, Movie, NR, 179 mins

A Grin Without A Cat
The English-language title of Chris Marker's three-hour essay on the history of France's political left during the heady days of the 1960s is taken from Alice in Wonderland: Marker sees the image of the grin that lingers after the rest of the Cheshire Cat has vanished as an apt metaphor for the solitary armed guerrilla, alone in the mountains of Latin America, fighting the revolution within the revolution like "a spearhead without a spear." But Lewis Carroll's cat is also emblematic of Marker's method of constructing history from the traces it leaves behind — filmed images that flicker on after the events themselves have evaporated. Rather than beginning ...
Released: 1993 Rated: NR Length: 179 mins

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