A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT
1st part: FRAGILE HANDS
1. from Viet-Nam to the Che’s death
2. May 1968 and all that
2nd part: SEVERED HANDS
1. from Spring in Prague to the Common Programme of Government in France.
2. from Chile to - to what?
Scenes of the third World War 1967-1977 Some think the third World War will be set off by a nuclear missile. For me, that’s the way it will end. In the meantime, the figures of an intricate game are developping, a game whose de-coding will give historians of the future - if they are still around - a very hard time. A weird game. Its rules change as the match evolves. To start with, the super powers’ rivalry transforms itself not only into a Holy Alliance of the Rich against the Poor, but also into a selective coelimination of Revolutionary Vanguards, wherever bombs would endanger sources of raw materials. As well as into the manipulation of these vanguards to pursue goals that are their own. During the last ten years, some groups of forces (often more instinctive) than organised have been trying to play the game themselves - even if they knocked over the pieces. Wherever they tried, they failed. Nevertheless, it’s been their being that has the most profoundly transformed politics in our time. This film intends to show some of the steps of this transformation. Chris. MARKER