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Cat People: BFI Film Classic Cat People: BFI Film Classic

Kim Newman's analysis of Jacques Tourneur's horror film positions it in terms of the genre from which it emerges – and against which it rebels.

Kim Newman's analysis of Jacques Tourneur's horror film positions it in terms of the genre from which it emerges – and against which it rebels.

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Released in 1943, Cat People was the first production from the unit set up by RKO to make low-cost, high-return horror movies. Producer Val Lewton was handed the title and ordered to come up with a film to fit. He and director Jacques Tourneur created an innovative picture about a Serbian emigree in New York (Simone Simon) who's convinced she's suffering from a hereditary curse that will transform her into a panther if her passions are aroused.

Kim Newman positions this 74-minute classic in terms of the horror film genre from which it emerges and against which it rebels. Through close analysis, he teases out the layers of meaning and intent that make this at once a supernatural drama and an unusual psychological study.

Released in 1943, Cat People was the first production from the unit set up by RKO to make low-cost, high-return horror movies. Producer Val Lewton was handed the title and ordered to come up with a film to fit. He and director Jacques Tourneur created an innovative picture about a Serbian emigree in New York (Simone Simon) who's convinced she's suffering from a hereditary curse that will transform her into a panther if her passions are aroused.

Kim Newman positions this 74-minute classic in terms of the horror film genre from which it emerges and against which it rebels. Through close analysis, he teases out the layers of meaning and intent that make this at once a supernatural drama and an unusual psychological study.

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SKU 9781844576432
Author(s) Kim Newman
Subtitle Kim Newman's analysis of Jacques Tourneur's horror film positions it in terms of the genre from which it emerges __ and against which it rebels.
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BFI Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan
Format Paperback
Original publication date 25/10/2013
Number of pages 96

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