Cat People-The Witch's Kiss (1942)
Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt
RKO Radio Pictures
Οι Άνθρωποι Γάτες
1 Hour and 13 Minutes (73 Minutes)
English, Czech, Slovak
The strangest story you ever tried to get out of your dreams!
$8.000.000 ( έως 04/03/2013)
From the Director of the classic film noir "Out of the Past" (1947), Jacques Tourneur comes this exquisite low-budget horror films but great value and rich heritage in the horror genre. "Cat People" is one of the leading works of French Director who specialized in low budget horror film being one of the most important representatives.
To "Cat People" comes straight to the chase and introduces the two main protagonists, Irena and Oliver. The Irena is a seductive immigrant from Serbia who works as a fashion designer. The Oliver an ordinary American who is professionally engaged in ship design. Two people fall in love and soon Flash rolled up with the bonds of marriage. But Irena is not so normal as originally seemed. Possessed by otherworldly phobias for some creatures known as "people-cats" of popular legends of the country. Afraid that if it comes to erotic intercourse with her husband will be transformed into man-cat and do evil.
He tries to reassure by mobilizing all means at its disposal. In vain, however, as fears of the women seems to be firm. Tangled in this difficult situation the Oliver begins to drift away from Irena and falls in love with a good looking colleague. The annoyance of Irena is evident for the infidelity of her husband and the behavior changes. The sequel will show whether the Serbian tradition for people-cats is true or not …
The film was shot in 18 days and due to the limited budget used sets from Orson Welles's film "The Magnificent Ambersons".
The film is based on The short story Bagheeta author Val Lewton delivered in 1930. It stands out for its excellent and full of inventiveness and directed by Jacques Tourneur establishing one of the most widely used techniques in scene of terror known as Lewton Bus. Essentially it is the abrupt discontinuation of an accumulation of terrible images/scenes from something ordinary and harmless as the bus that stops the pursuit of his colleague Oliver from the menacing Irena.
Another brilliant directorial technique is playing with the shadows and the insistence on threatening shadow formations which replace the presence of the "plasma" that one would expect to see with the eyes of the Viewer. This method diaforopoioytan significantly from the norms of the era but not prevent the feeling of fear from the film. On the contrary it enhances and highlights.
"Cat People" is a great work, full of emotions, dialogues and kalogrammenoys with very pleasant stream events alternating between psychological terror and eroticism. The psychoanalysis and the folklore complete the picture of this quality and separate horror movie while the dramatic ending with exquisite, "feline" allegory enchants.
For the story to say that the films impregnated a subordinate but not indifferent remake in 1982 starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowel. Prefer however this "Cat People" in connection with the remake.
Cat PeopleMovie Review Highlights
- The memorable scene in which the protagonist's colleague followed by Irena and essentially created the entire school horror techniques.
- The very frightening scene that bullied hero's colleague in the hotel pool by a mysterious dark form.
- The dramatic and intensely emotional finale.
5 = Ατελείωτο λουτρό αίματος - 4 = Πολύ αιματοβαμμένο - 3 = Αιματοβαμμένο - 2 = Ελάχιστα αιματοβαμμένο - 1 = Σταγόνες αίματος - 0 = Ανυπαρξία αίματος
5 = Αριστουργηματικό! - 4 = Πολύ καλό - 3 = Καλό - 2,5 = Μέτριο - 2 = Κακό - 1 = Πολύ κακό - 0 = Δεν βλέπεται με τίποτα!
Great direction with innovative techniques, great performances, dramatic atmosphere, solid script with charming dialogue.
The film could be a bit bolder in its depiction of violence but let's bear in mind that we are talking about the 1940s.