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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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May 11, 2009
It recreates the feel of the period, but in the end its obscurity undercuts its power.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
April 24, 2009
This slapdash documentary about left wing political movements is probably best understood in the original French and was a lot more relevant in 1977 when it was first made.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
August 29, 2002
Although it's a bit smug and repetitive, this documentary engages your brain in a way few current films do.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2009
A Grin Without a Cat plays more like a creative mix tape than a standard hunk of journalism.
May 3, 2009
massive, towering, and impassioned
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
October 15, 2009
It's not your usual political doc.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 30, 2002
More impressionistic than analytical, A Grin Without a Cat is a grand immersion.
May 1, 2002
Fierce, glaring and unforgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
May 1, 2002
A remarkable 179-minute meditation on the nature of revolution.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
May 1, 2002
A work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2002
It's always fascinating to watch Marker the essayist at work.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 18, 2002
A three-hour cinema master class.
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
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