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THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE

USA, 1944 (MIFF 1995, Robert Wise Tribute)

Director: Robert Wise

At the beginning of an era of trashy B-horror and sci-fi, Wise attached himself to sound features with intellectually satisfying metaphoric bases, remarkable visual aesthetics and intrigu­ing narratives. In this fine Val Lewton produced sequel to Jacques Tourneur's Cat People. Wise plays down the cheap transmogrifications that could have made this little more than a feline twist on lycanthropy; while retaining the ele­ments of the supernatural that instil flesh-crawl­ing dread. Steaming with suppressed sexuality, The Curse Of The Cat People gives new meaning to the phrase 'animal magnetism'.

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