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The Private Life of a Cat (1947)

Two cats have a litter of 5 kittens and then nurse, teach and play with them.

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Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren (co-director)
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Two cats have a litter of 5 kittens and then nurse, teach and play with them.

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Country:

USA

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June 1947 (USA) See more »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Whimsical, gentle masterpiece
18 January 2004 | by Jenabel_Regina_del_MundoSee all my reviews

A male cat courts a female cat and they raise a family together. We see the kittens being born and nurtured by mother, while an interested and proud dad lends his support. Beautifully photographed and executed. With subtitles, no dialog, and a refreshing absence of human beings onscreen. Very touchingly realized by Alexander Hammid, whose collaborations with Maya Deren I had prior acquaintance with, and also highly recommend.

Amply demonstrates beyond any shadow of a doubt that animals are more authentic and interesting onscreen than people. I recall W.C Fields' comment to the effect that you should never try to act with children or animals because they will invariably upstage you. You don't have to be a fervent cat lover to find yourself utterly charmed and captivated by this sweet and simple gem of a short film.

For those regular readers of my reviews who have come to expect at least one asinine and/or tacky comment in all my reviews, I won't disappoint. I think kitty porn is outrageous and as upright citizens we must put a stop to this sort of thing immediately! Luckily, there's no kitty porn in this gentle film, just a simple, poignant love story. A film with universal appeal, like a lovely piece of music. Seek it out, and enjoy.


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