Cat People

Cat People

Simone Simon
Director: Jacques Tourneur Cast: Simone Simon
Simone Simon
, Kent Smith
Kent Smith
, Tom Conway
Tom Conway
Jacques Tourneur

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Handed the exploitive title Cat People, RKO producer Val Lewton opted for a thinking man's thriller--a psychological mood piece, more reliant on suspense and suggestion than overt "scare stuff." Simone Simon plays an enigmatic young fashion artist who is curiously affected by the panther cage at the central park zoo. She falls in love with handsome Kent Smith, but loses him to Jane Randolph. After a chance confrontation with a bizarre stranger at a restaurant, Simon becomes obsessed with the notion that she's a Cat Woman--a member of an ancient Serbian tribe that metamorphoses into panthers whenever aroused by jealousy. She begins stalking her rival Randolph, terrifying the latter in the film's most memorable scene, set in an indoor swimming pool at midnight. Psychiatrist Tom Conway scoffs at the Cat Woman legend--until he recoils in horror after kissing Simon. If the film's main set looks familiar, it is because it was built for Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (Lewton later used the same set for his The Seventh Victim). Cat People was remade by director Paul Schrader in 1982.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2016
UPC: 0715515185813
Original Release: 1942
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:13:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simone Simon Irena Dubrovna
Kent Smith Oliver Reed
Tom Conway Dr. Louis Judd
Jane Randolph Alice Moore
Jack Holt Commodore
Alan Napier Carver
Elizabeth Dunne Miss Plunkett
Elizabeth Russell The Cat Woman
Henrietta Burnside Woman
Alec Craig Zookeeper
Eddie Dew Street Cop
Dot Farley Mrs. Agnew
George Ford Whistling Cop
Bud Geary Mounted Cop
Mary Halsey Blondie
Theresa Harris Minnie
Charles Jordan Bus Driver
Connie Leon Woman
Murdock MacQuarrie Sheep Caretaker
Leda Nicova Patient
Donald Kerr Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
Jacques Tourneur Director
DeWitt Bodeen Screenwriter
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Val Lewton Producer
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Robson Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Roy Webb Score Composer

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