The Case of the Grinning Cat
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- A Bestiary (5 short films on animals):
Cat Listening to Music (3 min.)
An Owl is an Owl is an Owl (3 min.)
Zoo Piece (3 min.)
Bullfight in Okinawa (4 min.)
Slon Tango (4 min.)
- Three Cheers for the Whale (17 min.)
Co-directed with Mario Ruspoli
- Leila Attacks (1min.)
Critic's Pick! --Time Out
Further evidence of Chris Marker's exhilarating wit...an exceptional flight of conviction...the director s wisdom remains robust. --Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
Top Customer Reviews
The cat, an animal worshiped by Marker, is fiercely independent and "never on the side of power." He serves here as the backdrop for Marker's musings through the streets and the subway. The grinning cat appears over the rooftops of the city, in tunnels, on sidewalks, and finally in political protests. Real cats also punctuate the film, most notably "Bolero," a cat who resides in the metro station of Strasbourg St Denis.
One of the final scenes (mentioned by another reviewer) is a reference to a murder that captivated the French media's attention for months: the brutal murder of actress Marie Trintignant by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, a French rock singer. Marker speaks of the ways in which tragedy quickly turns into a form of merchandizing, perhaps one of the most telling signs of our times.
This is a film essay with an English narration. The narration is well translated and captures the appropriate tone. Some of the graphics in French and the shots of advertisements and signs might get lost on the viewers not familiar with the language but the film will still be highly accessible regardless.
The 5 other short films of animals take over from the hidden complexes of human drama with a soundtrack to accompany, as pieces of home movie.
The horror of massacre of the whales takes the form of a picture book. A harpoon scene closes the story with the beauty of the whale shown as an extinct presence.
The last film is proof of the absurdity of epistomology. The sense of relief makes the price of this DVD worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Paris, and you love street art, then this charming and fascinating DVD will delight you.Published 4 months ago by Kristine Y.
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