Cat People | Chicago Reader

Cat People

Rated NR 73 minutes 1942

Like most people with a cat phobia, Val Lewton, the legendary producer of RKO's horror cycle, was fascinated by them. His first film (1942), eerily directed by Jacques Tourneur, is dedicated to his fetish. Based on a wholly fabricated Serbian legend about medieval devil worship, Cat People describes the effects of this legend on the mind of a New York fashion designer (Simone Simon) who believes herself descended from a race of predatory cat women. More a film about unreasoning fear than the supernatural, this work demonstrates what a filmmaker can accomplish when he substitutes taste and intelligence for special effects.

Thu 11/15, 7 PM.

Film Credits

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Producer: Val Lewton

Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Dunne and Elizabeth Russell

Show Times

Sorry there are no showtimes for Cat People on Tuesday, January 29.

The next date Cat People is playing is Thursday, November 15 .

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