A Grin Without A Cat | 1977

Directed by: Chris Marker

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Main Plot

French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.


  • Simone Signoret's character in "A Grin Without A Cat" plays a significant role in the plot, contributing to its complexity and depth.
  • Jorge SemprĂșn plays a significant role in the documentary, providing personal insights and reflections on the political events.
  • Davos Hanich's character in A Grin Without A Cat is a key player in the political and social revolution.


The film ends by reflecting on the failures of the left-wing movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It questions the effectiveness of revolutionary politics and highlights the cyclical nature of history. The director emphasizes the importance of memory and the need to learn from past struggles. Ultimately, the film leaves viewers with a sense of disillusionment and a call to action, urging them to continue fighting for a better future.

Chris Marker