Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red)
Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) (1977)

Chris Marker's remarkable documentary about the rise and fall of the New Left in the 1960s and 1970s was originally released in 1977, but was reworked in 1993 in the wake of the Cold War's end and the collapse of the Soviet Union. A… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 23, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grin Without a Cat is a 4-hour mash-up doc on civil disobedience and revolution that collides together with the same power of its recorded subjects.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Just to take in Grin's first few moments, a mash-up of Battleship Potemkin and police whacking May '68 protesters, is to see a mind sifting through chaos and making beautiful, critical sense of it.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

This is a movie about the world at war with itself, and the result is riveting, sublime and unforgettable.

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Louis Proyect

The greatest documentary ever made about the struggle for socialism. The real thing, I should add, rather than the epithet applied by Glenn Beck to the Democratic Party and its leader Barack Hoover.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

While it regards 1967 as the key turning point of the 20th century, and returns again and again to images of dissidents in the streets, it's alarmingly current.

John Anderson

Fierce, glaring and unforgettable.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's not your usual political doc.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A timely look back at civil disobedience, anti-war movements and the power of strong voices.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

A work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry.

Dan Lybarger

Depending on your mood and your familiarity with international politics from 30 to 40 years ago, A Grin Without a Cat can be either talky and esoteric or haunting and prophetic.

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