A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Bolivia, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.
Released in France in 1978, restored and "re-actualized" by Marker fifteen years later (after the fall of the Soviet Union),
Described by Marker as "scenes of the Third World War," the film (the original French title is virtually untranslatable) is divided into two parts, each weaving together two strands:
Part 1: Fragile Hands
1. From Vietnam to Che's death
2. May 1968 and all that
Part 2: Severed Hands
1. From Spring in Prague to the Common Program of Government in France
2. From Chile to - to what?
From 1967 (the year Marker argues was the real turning point) on, A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is a sweeping, global contemplation of a defining ten years' political history.
- Booklet featuring a 2002 review of the film by Film Threat’s Phil Hall and an extensive essay written by Chris Marker himself on the 40-year anniversary of the May ’68 uprisings. Also included are some of Marker’s points of reference for the film.