A Grin Without a Cat
WHAT: A Grin Without a Cat
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. – 20007
PRICE: Free admission
RESERVATION: Online registration required on Eventbrite
ADD. INFOS: Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy. No large bags.
A Grin Without a Cat / Le Fond de l’air est rouge
By Chris Marker
1977 – France – 96 min
In French with English subtitles.
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 Marke.
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 overarching 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.