Cat People

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  • NR
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • 7.2  (25,651)
  • 85

In the movie "Cat People" from 1942, Simone Simon stars as Irena Dubrovna, a Serbian fashion designer who falls in love with an American man named Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). Despite Irena's hesitations, the two get married, but their relationship is soon tested when Irena reveals that she believes she is descended from a race of people who can transform into panthers.

As Oliver begins to question Irena's mental stability, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea that any intimate relationship between humans and cat people will lead to the cat person killing their human partner. This tension comes to a head when Oliver falls for his assistant Alice (Jane Randolph), causing Irena to become jealous and dangerously unpredictable.

Throughout the film, the audience is taken on a mysterious journey through Irena's psyche as she struggles to reconcile her love for Oliver with her belief in her cat people heritage. As her behavior becomes more erratic, the question of whether or not she is truly a cat person becomes more urgent.

Tom Conway plays Dr. Louis Judd, a psychiatrist who tries to help Irena come to terms with her "delusions." But as he delves deeper into her past, he begins to believe that Irena's story might be more than just a figment of her imagination, and that there may be some truth to the idea that she is a descendent of a race of people who can transform into panthers.

The cinematography of "Cat People" is both eerie and alluring, with its use of shadows and low lighting adding to the sense of foreboding. The use of sound is also notable, with director Jacques Tourneur utilizing silence and subtle noises to create tension. The film's score, composed by Roy Webb, is equally effective in building suspense.

Overall, "Cat People" is a captivating and haunting exploration of identity, desire, and the power of belief. Simon gives a compelling performance as a woman torn between two worlds, while Smith and Randolph provide strong support. The film's themes still resonate today, making it a classic of the horror genre.

Cat People is a 1942 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 13 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 85.

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