The Case of the Grinning Cat, for example, starts with a fascination over M. Chat, a grinning Cheshire cat spray-painted onto chimneys and abandoned buildings in Orléans and Paris. As Marker tracks the cat, he soon finds himself on the streets of Frances urban centers, recording conversations about suspicion, change and the new atmosphere of public life after 9/11. If anyones earned the right to be called a thought-provoking cinema-essayist, its Marker. 7 p.m. Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4853 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. Free for Rice students and faculty; $5 general public.
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