Skip to main content

THE CAT'S MEOW

Germany / UK, 2001 (MIFF 2002, International Panorama)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

A stellar Hollywood cast rise to the challenge of reconstructing one of La La Land's biggest 'true story' scandals. In 1924 producer Thomas Ince died aboard a luxury yacht owned by media mogul William Randolph Hearst - on whom Orson Welles based Citizen Kane. Aboard were starlet Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst), Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), novelist Elinor Glyn (Joanna Lumley), gossip columnist Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly), young flappers and wanna-be industry men. Hollywood Babylon author Kenneth Anger surmised that Ince died from bootleg booze, and Hearst "made the bad mistake of trying to hush up the whole affair". Historian and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich - who knows his Hollywood history probably better than any other American director - tells a different tale: Hearst was convinced Marion was having an affair with Chaplin, and in taking a jealous pot-shot mistakenly killed the wrong man.

"Bogdanovich tells the popular version of the legend in clever and entertaining fashion, loaded with authentic and convincing details " - LA Times

Cinephile Peter Bogdanovich (born in New York, 1939), has written books on Fritz Lang, Orson Welles and John Ford. His films include Targets (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971), Mask (1985) and Texasville (1990). Bogdanovich has a cameo in Henry Jaglom's Festival in Cannes, also screening in MIFF 2002.

See also...

HI, TERESKA

In Poland they're called the 'Blocker Generation', Eastern Europe's version of the A Clockwork Orange's Nadsat youth. With no life goals, no values and no sense of 'good' and 'evil', they drift ... More »

FESTIVAL IN CANNES

Often regarded as the Woody Allen of the West Coast, veteran filmmaker Henry Jaglom's 13th feature is a mostly improvised satire of Hollywood wheeler-dealers with contract-signing fever, filmed ... More »

THE NAVIGATORS

Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach, who has consistently astounded MIFF audiences with films including My Name is Joe (1999) and Bread and Roses (2000), has again delivered a work that champions ... More »

THE PIANO TEACHER

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Best Actor and Best Actress. Cannes 2001.Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher is an audacious film. That it remains as effective as it does, can be attributed to ... More »

DONNIE DARKO

"Part comic book, part case study, this is certainly the most original and venturesome American independent of the past year." - Village Voice ... Donnie Darko takes its vernacular from 80s pop ... More »

THEY CALL THIS... SPRING

Do you know the story of the three little pigs that go from one house to the next looking for somewhere to stay? That's more or less how it starts. Fanfan leaves her boyfriend Charles and tries to ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director