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

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Louis Proyect
June 18, 2010
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 15, 2009
It's not your usual political doc.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Lybarger
June 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 7, 2009
A Grin Without a Cat plays more like a creative mix tape than a standard hunk of journalism.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 6, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/6
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 5, 2009
A masterpiece among masterpieces, the two-part, three-hour A Grin Without a Cat is Chris Marker's most ambitious, clear-headed string of cinematic clauses and ideological couplets, and also his most impenetrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Brenner
May 3, 2009
massive, towering, and impassioned
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 17, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Anderson
December 2, 2002
An exhaustive investigation into the roots and after-effects of the revolutions and counter-revolutions that rocked France, the U.S., China, Latin America and Czechoslovakia in 1967 and 1968.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2002
A timely look back at civil disobedience, anti-war movements and the power of strong voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
November 7, 2002
Marker's incredible collection of newsreel footage -- TV footage from various countries, home movies and other celluloid wonders -- eventually shapes a scattered, pinwheel idea of the era's attitude.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
This is a movie about the world at war with itself, and the result is riveting, sublime and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 29, 2002
Although it's a bit smug and repetitive, this documentary engages your brain in a way few current films do.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International
June 18, 2002
A three-hour cinema master class.
Jeremy Heilman
May 6, 2002
Achieves a sort of filmic epiphany that revels in the true potential of the medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
May 1, 2002
It's always fascinating to watch Marker the essayist at work.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
May 1, 2002
Fierce, glaring and unforgettable.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
May 1, 2002
A work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 1, 2002
A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.
| Original Score: 3/4
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