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What's New Pussycat?
     

What's New Pussycat?

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Director: Clive Donner,

Cast: Clive Donner, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider

 

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A notorious womanizer, fashion editor Michael James (Peter O'Toole) decides to seek the help of a psychiatrist when he begins to feel that his inability to commit to a relationship is adversely affecting his personal life. Desperate to remain faithful to his fiancée Carole (Romy Schneider), Michael enlists the help of Dr. Fassbinder (Peter Sellers), blissfully unaware

Overview

A notorious womanizer, fashion editor Michael James (Peter O'Toole) decides to seek the help of a psychiatrist when he begins to feel that his inability to commit to a relationship is adversely affecting his personal life. Desperate to remain faithful to his fiancée Carole (Romy Schneider), Michael enlists the help of Dr. Fassbinder (Peter Sellers), blissfully unaware that as Dr. Fassbinder is making the moves on a patient who secretly longs for the seemingly irresistible Michael. As Michael and Carole check into the Chateau Chantelle in hopes of patching up their relationship, Dr. Fassbinder has also arrived at the Chateau in hopes of finally cementing his relationship with the comely patient. As the two couples check into the hotel, disaster looms just beyond the bend in a series of hilarious mishaps that will test both Michael's faithfulness and Dr. Fassbinder's sanity.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Attention, all you survivors of the Swinging '60s: If the only thing you remember about What's New, Pussycat? is Tom Jones's immortal rendition of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David title tune, you're way overdue for another look at this zany 1965 farce. Written by Woody Allen, Pussycat casts Peter O'Toole as the suave editor of a Parisian fashion magazine, a guy who's troubled by his inability to avoid getting involved with beautiful women. Convinced he needs psychiatric help, O'Toole turns to a shrink (Peter Sellers) who's nuttier than any of his patients. The resulting pandemonium is easily recognizable as something conjured up by Allen's febrile imagination, and although the gags aren't all home runs, his batting average is impressive. Director Clive Donner doesn't impose much style on the proceedings; he's content to let an attractive and personable cast do all the heavy lifting. The requisite pulchritude is supplied -- amply, we might add -- by Romy Schneider, Capucine, and Paula Prentiss, with the latter displaying the inimitable timing and delivery that made her a fine, if underused, comedic actress. Sellers plays the shrink with a thick German accent and mugs outrageously (to good effect), and Allen makes his film debut as one of his trademark nebbishes. There's nothing profound or sophisticated about What's New, Pussycat?, and it is unmistakably a product of its times. But that doesn't diminish the picture's entertainment value one little bit, as you'll discover when you get this neatly remastered DVD.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2014
UPC:
0738329136727
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
27,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Dr. Fritz Fassbender
Peter O'Toole Michael James
Romy Schneider Carol Werner
Capucine Renee Lefebvre
Paula Prentiss Stripper at Crazy Horse Saloon
Woody Allen Victor Shakapopulis
Eddra Gale Anna Fassbender
Katrin Schaake Jacqueline
Jess Hahn Mr. Werner
Elenore Hirt Mrs. Sylvia Werner
Nicole Karen Tempest O'Brien
Jean Parédès Marcel
Michel Subor Philippe
Jacqueline Fogt Charlotte
Robert Rollis Car Renter
Daniel Emilfork Gas Station Man
Louis Falavigna Jean
Jacques Balutin Etienne
Annette Poivre Emma
Sabine Sun Beautiful Nurse
Tanya Lopert Miss Lewis
Colin Drake Durell
Louise Lasser The Nutcracker
Gordon Felio Fat Man
Georges Douking Concierge at Renee's Apartment
Françoise Hardy Mayor's Secretary
Richard Saint-Bris The Mayor
Ursula Andress Rita
Howard Vernon Doctor
Barbara Somers Miss Marks
Maggie Wright Stripteaser

Technical Credits
Clive Donner Director
Woody Allen Screenwriter
Burt Bacharach Score Composer
Jean Badal Cinematographer
Charles Blackwell Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal David Score Composer
Gladys de Segonzac Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Mia Fonssagrives Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Guelis Choreography
Fergus McDonell Editor
Charles Merangel Set Decoration/Design
Charles Parker Makeup
Jacques Saulnier Art Director
John C. Shepridge Executive Producer
Vicky Tiel Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What's New Pussycat?
1. Chapter 1 [10:55]
2. Chapter 2 [12:31]
3. Chapter 3 [19:07]
4. Chapter 4 [16:09]
5. Chapter 5 [11:15]
6. Chapter 6 [10:07]
7. Chapter 7 [13:38]
8. Chapter 8 [14:45]

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What's New Pussycat? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Peter Sellers best besides the pink pather. In this movie he does what he is best at . Comedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1965, I saw this movie at a theater in downtown Manhattan, NY, with my parents. I was 7-years-old! My siblings and I thought it was the most hysterical film we ever saw. After seeing the movie, us children would throw ourselves on the floor and go around in circles like the Peter Seller's character in the film. I recently purchased this DVD to relive that film moment of 40 years ago. What a chore! I like funny but this was painfully not funny. I tired of them all. I thought it was ironic that they made Paula Prentiss the American head-case. She was the only good thing in the movie this time around. At one point I thought perhaps the movie was trying to make fun of Fellini's 8/12, 1963. There was one scene where O'Toole is having some kind of nightmare in bed. All his past loves were appearing to him in a la 8/12. But I'm sorry, Peter O'Toole cannot hold a candle to gorgeous manly Marcello Mastroianni's Guido in 8/12. I would watch "What's New Pussycat?" with the mindset that it is an attempt to make an outlandish farce about mores of the 60's. Keyword attempt. See Sellers in The Party or Shot In the Dark to get a real good laugh of him in the 60's.
JohnnyJZ More than 1 year ago
I'm still in pain from laughing so much!!!