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The Case of the Grinning Cat

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)

    Shortly after September 11, 2001, when much of the world was showing its public support for New York City and America, a cartoonish smiling cat began appearing in Paris, stenciled on walls, buildings, trains, and the street. The yellow cat with its huge grin evoked the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll's classic tale ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, but there was something very mysterious behind it. Eclectic documentarian Chris Marker became so intrigued by the graffiti cats that he began searching for them throughout the city, turning his own adventures into the charming 58-minute film THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT (CHATS PERCHES). Octogenarian Marker, the director behind such well-regarded works as SANS SOLEIL, A.K., and LA JETEE, is a well-known cat lover; his cartoon depiction of his own cat, Guillaume-en-Egypte, is considered his alter ego, and he has made a short film about his feline pet as well, "Cat Listening to Music." For a while, the grinning cat disappears, but it shows up again at rallies on masks and placards. Meanwhile, the political climate has changed; Parisians are now protesting the Iraq war and the U.S. government, and especially President George W. Bush, so the reappearance of the cat takes on new meaning. Marker also follows the travails of Bolero, a real cat who lives in the Paris Metro subway system. Written, directed, and photographed by Marker, THE CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT is an entertaining look at pop culture, political protest, the mass media, and street art.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CASE2

  • Credits
    Gerard Rinaldi
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