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Cat People (1942) was a Horror - Mystery Film directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton.

Cat People was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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Cat People (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Cat People has one of those sensationalized B-picture premises and there are moments when its meager aspects let slip that this is a low-budget effort, but within those restrictions, it moves with a certain purpose and chilliness. It’s true that producer Val Lewton had a B-movie renaissance go... Read full article


Cat People (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Cat People has one of those sensationalized B-picture premises and there are moments when its meager aspects let slip that this is a low-budget effort, but within those restrictions, it moves with a certain purpose and chilliness. It’s true that producer Val Lewton had a B-movie renaissance go... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Cat People

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 24, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Cat People (1942), starring Simone Simon, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). October's selections will focus on felines in film. T... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Ostensibly a sequel to the 1942 horror classic, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People (1944) is in reality a completely different kind of tale. It's not really a horror movie and not really a sequel to the original film, even though it brings back most of the characters from the earlier outing and... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Ostensibly a sequel to the 1942 horror classic, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People (1944) is in reality a completely different kind of tale. It's not really a horror movie and not really a sequel to the original film, even though it brings back most of the characters from the earlier outing and... Read full article


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Irena Dubrovna: Oh, you can tell Alice anything, she's such a good egg she can understand anything
Oliver 'Ollie' Reed: There are some things a woman doesn't want other women to understand.


Irena Dubrovna: I like the dark. It's friendly.


Irena Dubrovna: Will you have tea with me in my apartment?
Oliver 'Ollie' Reed: You make everything so simple!


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Val Lewton reportedly sought Simone Simon for this film after seeing her performance in All That Money Can Buy.
Because of the incredibly tight budget, sets from Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons were re-used.
The horror movie technique of slowly building tension to a jarring shock which turns out to be something completely harmless and benign became known as a "Lewton bus" after a famous scene in this movie created by producer Val Lewton.
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National Film Registry

Cat People

Released 1942
Inducted 1993
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