September 15, 2018
1293.) The second and last part of my discussion of Chris Marker’s epic documentary Grin Without a Cat takes us to various locales post-1968. Marker called the second part of the film “Severed Hands,” and thus didn’t shy away from the depressing nature of the political situation around the world as the Sixties turned into the Seventies. The film is comprised of rarely-seen footage from many countries, all reinforced by a brilliantly written voiceover narration by Marker (delivered in English by a number of noted actors including Jim Broadbent). The film concludes on a sad but hopeful note, and stands as of Marker’s great statements about politics and society.