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The Cat's Meow (3-Aug-2001)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Writer: Steven Peros

From a play by: Steven Peros

Producers: Kim Bieber; Carol Lewis; Dieter Meyer; Julie Baines

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kirsten Dunst
30-Apr-1982   Mary-Jane in Spider-Man
Cary Elwes
26-Oct-1962   The Princess Bride
Edward Herrmann
21-Jul-1943 31-Dec-2014 Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls
Eddie Izzard
7-Feb-1962   Bloke in a dress going on and on
Joanna Lumley
1-May-1946   Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous
Jennifer Tilly
16-Sep-1958   Bound, Monsters, Inc.


Kirsten Dunst   ...   Marion Davies
Cary Elwes   ...   Thomas Ince
Edward Herrmann   ...   W. R. Hearst
Eddie Izzard   ...   Charlie Chaplin
Joanna Lumley   ...   Elinor Glyn
Victor Slezak   ...   George Thomas
Jennifer Tilly   ...   Louella Parsons
James Laurenson   ...   Dr. Daniel Goodman
Ronan Vibert   ...   Joseph Willcombe
Chiara Schoras   ...   Celia
Ingrid Lacey   ...   Jessica Barham
John C. Vennema   ...   Frank Barham
and introducing
Claudia Harrison   ...   Margaret Livingston
Claudie Blakley   ...   Didi
and in order of appearance
Steven Peros   ...   Elinor's Driver
Yuki Iwamoto   ...   Kono
Zoi Mavroudi   ...   Servant
Despina Morou   ...   Servant
Stavros Serafetinis   ...   Servant
Soweto Kinch   ...   Jay (Saxophone)
Frank Dawkins   ...   Andy (Banjo)
Roderick Young   ...   Pianist
Robert Mitchell   ...   Drummer
Richard Bohringer   ...   Silent Movie Director
Hendrik Arnst   ...   Mr. Cannonball
Diane Agostini   ...   Mrs. Ince's Voice (voice)


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 10-Jul-2009)

Really enjoyed screening Peter Bogdonovich's 'A Cat's Meow' which was certainly not a disappointment. This inventive story/script that was cleverly based on Hollywood myth/legend of a presumed love affair Charlie Chaplin had with William Randolph Heart's mistress, Marion Davies and had my interest fully. I was happy with the performances â namely Eddie Izzard as the dashing and flamboyant Chaplin - and worthy direction but was hoping there could have been shots other than on the yacht...i.e. at the studio or the castle/ranch; that would have been a real treat. But for the twist they presented, I guess it served it's purpose - hence the title of course. A terrible habit I got into during the film was comparing it similarities to Robert Altman of how uses a numerous characters and intertwining story-lines yet at times can lead to disarray and inconsistencies (i.e. 'Ready to Wear', Shortcuts') while Bogdonovich's surpasses the challenge of an ensemble cast to generate and substantiate both the scene to scene intrigue and well-performed drama as well as focusing of the proposed love triangle. This film would be a delight for Caine/Welles enthusiasts and happy to see Bogdonovich triumph with a great film.

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