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Cat People

Jacques Tourneur

 
Cat People (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1942
  • 73 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #833

The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator. Lewton, a consummate producer-auteur who oversaw every aspect of his projects, found an ideal director in Jacques Tourneur, a chiaroscuro stylist adept at keeping viewers off-kilter with startling compositions and psychological innuendo. Together, they eschewed the canned effects of earlier monster movies in favor of shocking with subtle shadows and creative audio cues. One of the studio’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery. 

Cast

Irena DubrovnaSimone Simon
Oliver ReedKent Smith
Alice MooreJane Randolph
Dr. Louis JuddTom Conway
Doc CarverAlan Napier
CommodoreJack Holt
Cat womanElizabeth Russell
MinnieTheresa Harris
Mrs. PlunkettElizabeth Dunne
BlondieMary Halsey
ZookeeperAlec Craig
Mrs. AgnewDot Farley

Credits

DirectorJacques Tourneur
Produced byVal Lewton
Screenplay byDeWitt Bodeen
Director of photographyNicholas Musuraca
Art directorsWalter E. Keller and Albert S. D'Agostino
Music byRoy Webb
Musical directionConstantin Bakaleinikoff
EditorMark Robson
Costumes designed byRenié

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historian Gregory Mank, with excerpts from an audio interview with actor Simone Simon
  • Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, a 2008 feature-length documentary that explores the life and career of the legendary Hollywood producer
  • Interview with director Jacques Tourneur from 1979
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about the look of the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Film Essays

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Cat People: Darkness Betrayed

By Geoffrey O’Brien September 20, 2016

Cloaked in chiaroscuro and innuendo, this stylistically innovative creature feature leaves its greatest horrors to the imagination. Read more »

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Jacques Tourneur on Val Lewton and Cinematic Escapism

September 22, 2016

Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton’s legendary partnership began in the mid-thirties at MGM under the supervision of David O. Selznick, but it wasn’t until the 1942 RKO film Cat People that their . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Cat People: Darkness Betrayed

By Geoffrey O’Brien September 20, 2016

Cloaked in chiaroscuro and innuendo, this stylistically innovative creature feature leaves its greatest horrors to the imagination. Read more »

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