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The Cat’s Meow 2001 film review


The Cat’s Meow 2001 film review

The Cat’s Meow (2001, United States)

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Running time
115 minutes
Language
English
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Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

In November 1924 media mogul William Randolph Hearst invites some of his friends for the birthday party for his business partner, film producer Thomas Ince. The party will take place aboard the Hearst’s yacht Oneida during the journey on the Pacific Ocean. Among the guests are such celebrities of their times as writer Elinor Glyn or Charlie Chaplin, who just gets over the poor reviews of his latest film A Woman of Paris. From the beginning the atmosphere aboard Oneida is far from cheerful - Hearst is jealous about Charlie Chaplin, who seems to be very close with Hearst’s mistress, actress Marion Davies, Ince is desperate to convince Hearst to invest into his filming business, Chaplin tries to avoid any mentions of Lita Grey, a 16-year-old actress that is pregnant with him. As the evening progresses the basic human emotions erupt among the guests. The cherry on top is the message Hearst receives from the land - next morning the newspapers will publish the gossip about romance between Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies together with the photographs of them together in the restaurant. The tragedy is just a matter of time...

Film was based on true event, although all the scenes are just speculations what actually happened. The party aboard Oneida was true, the scandal and theories around it were true, but the dialogues and some details are complete fiction created by Steven Peros (first for the theater play and later repeated in script for the film version), f.e. it isn’t certain that Ince was even aboard the yacht at the beginning of the journey or if journalist Louella Parsons was even aboard. Nevertheless the film presents an interesting look at the 1920s Hollywood, where the glamor is just a smoke screen that covers the basic lusts and dark secrets. Great atmosphere and interesting cast.


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Creators of The Cat’s Meow


Peter Bogdanovich films

Peter Bogdanovich

director

Steven Peros films

Steven Peros

screenplay



Cast of The Cat’s Meow


Kirsten Dunst films

Kirsten Dunst

as Marion Davies

Edward Herrmann films

Edward Herrmann

as W.R. Hearst

Eddie Izzard films

Eddie Izzard

as Charlie Chaplin

Cary Elwes films

Cary Elwes

as Thomas Ince

Joanna Lumley films

Joanna Lumley

as Elinor Glyn

Jennifer Tilly films

Jennifer Tilly

as Louella Parsons

Claudie Blakley films

Claudie Blakley

as Didi

Claudia Harrison films

Claudia Harrison

as Margaret Livingston


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