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Cat People

Diretto da Jacques Tourneur
Stati Uniti, 1942
Horror, Giallo, Fantasy


The first horror film producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its terrors to the audience’s imagination. A Serbian émigré in Manhattan believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves will turn her into a feline predator.

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Cat People Diretto da Jacques Tourneur
This little miracle is still taken for granted. This is a mistake. Its insouciant sexuality is still titanic. Its frankness is as scary as it is vital and engrossing. It’s the first American horror movie about ordinary people giving into temptation with complete awareness and agency.
October 26, 2016
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Lewton and Tourneur’s Cat People, now out on Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection, holds a place in film history as a landmark of the power of suggestion: the idea that you could make a good horror film on the cheap by simply not showing what everyone is supposed to be frightened of.
October 25, 2016
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Cat People, Lewton’s first and most famous title for RKO, as well as a collaboration with the elegant director Jacques Tourneur, weds avant-garde symbolism with a variation of the classic story of the were-creature. It begins with boy meeting girl.
September 23, 2016
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Recensioni e valutazioni

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Cat People

    A unique film, iconographic in the liturgy of cinema. One of the few "horror" films I like because the horror is talked about and implied but the scariest thing shown is the shadow of a panther, or its growl offscreen. Likewise, there is a nude scene which is also not graphic, satisfying the censors while still being beautifully erotic. B- for the acting and points off for corny music, nonetheless must-see cinema.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Cat People

    Jacques Tourneur made a masterpiece that is highlighted by its great cinematography, specifically in its use of chiaroscuro. But all would be at the service of nothing if it weren't for the engaging character drama at the center of all the madness.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Cat People

    This is a brilliantly done and chilling look at forbidden sexuality and the stigmas we place on pleasures of the flesh, practically demonizing something so beautiful as the natural desire to engage another human being in genital embrace. Simon Simone is so damn cute in this movie and the look of this film is simply beautiful.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film Cat People

    Delicious fun. If only the Hays code hadn’t kept Alice and the Ollie from being ripped to shreds. We know they deserved it, though, and it was refreshing that the film did too. I would love to see #metoo justice served cold by a race of cat people like what was visited on the sexual predator “doctor.” Fuck all “King Johns,” religious monsters, Freudians, vaginaphobes everywhere, and fuck the corpse of Will H Hays.

  • Gondo's rating of the film Cat People

    The human being as the "other", as a foreign body (it's literally an animal) in the norm. The thought of the unthinkable scares more than the unthinkable itself. Tourneur game with uncertainty is a smart and suggestive one, full of distinctive textures and an expressive use of light / shadow. We don't fear the darkness because it robs us of our sight, but because it reminds us that ultimately we are alone.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Cat People

    So deep and soulful. Tourneur combines lurid pulp storytelling with such a strong spiritual undercurrent. What knocked me out the most was his luminous images, the use of light, shadow, and space. But of course I can't resist some pulpy action, and Cat People delivers in spades.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Cat People

    One of the true gems of the horror genre whose beauty lies in its mystery and atmosphere. The main character's plight is denied of any simple explanations, instead giving the audience a dark void where repressed passion and torment, anger and fear coalesce with the supernatural in what may be described as one of the most inspired poetic notions ever put on film.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Cat People

    One of the best movies about sexual repression I've seen. The eternal fight between lust and permitted love, between panthers and cats. If you want to extend the metaphor a little more, you may still discourse, with your friends or within yourself, about the horrible way Simone Simon dies. "Who lives by the sword, shall perish by the sword" (Quentin Tarantino).

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