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Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T. (1967)

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator poster

English Title: Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
Avala Film
Starring:
 Eva Ras, Slobodan Aligrudic
Directed by: Dusan Makavejev

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some images of female nudity!

Synopsis: Izabela (Eva Ras), a switchboard operator, falls in love with Ahmed (Slobodan Aligrudic), a high-ranking government sanitation expert (or rather a rat exterminator), which eventually leads to tragedy.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Izabela owns a black cat which is first seen one morning after Ahmed has spent the night.  She walks out to get the milk delivery and then we see the cat waiting by a saucer.  Oddly enough when Izabela pours the milk into the saucer the cat is not there, even though it is only moments later.

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - black cat waiting by empty saucer

The cat shows up again walking beside a naked Izabela as she is stretched out on her bed.

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - black cat walking by naked Izabela Eva Ras animated gif

 A wider shot shows the cat laying on her bare behind.

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - black cat laying on naked woman Izabela Eva Ras behind

This leads directly into a scene where Izabela is making what appear to be blueberry blintzes.  The cat is seen several times as she is preparing them.

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - black cat underneath table

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - black cat on windowsill behind Izabel making pastry

Finally Izabela is seen petting the cat as she and Ahmed sit naked on the bed.

Love Affair or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator - Izabela naked petting black cat on bed

Final Mewsings: Cats are not uncomfortable with human nudity.


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L’homme qui aimait les femmes (1956)

The Man Who Loved Women poster

English Title: The Man Who Loved Women
Les Films du Carrosse
Starring:
 Charles Denner, Monique Dury, Brigitte Fossey
Directed by: François Truffaut

Synopsis: Bertrand Morane (Charles Denner) is a man with an unusual fascination for the opposite sex who decides to chronicle his romantic encounters in writing.

Kitty Cameos: After Bertrand writes the first chapters of his book he takes the pages to a typist named Madame Duteil (Monique Dury) to be corrected and copied.  When she opens her door to him a white cat scurries in past his feet.

The Man Who Loved Women - white cat runs past Bertrand's feet

The cat is seen sitting in her apartment in a basket on a chair later in the same scene.

The Man Who Loved Women - white cat sitting in basket on chair

In a later scene, the cat is sitting in the same basket in the background.

The Man Who Loved Women - white cat sitting in basket on chair in background

Finally in true Truffaut fashion a black cat is shown eating from a tray of food placed outside a hotel room, placed there by the female half of a romantic couple (we won’t spoil who!)

The Man Who Loved Women - black cat eating food from tray outside hotel room

Final Mewsings: Cats eat well off abandoned food trays in Truffaut films.


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Ta’m e guilass (1997)

Taste of Cherry poster

English Title: Taste of Cherry
Abbas Kiarostami Productions
Starring:
 Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami

Synopsis: An Iranian man named Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives around the outskirts of Tehran looking for a man to do a unique service for him.

Purr Blur: Near the end of the film Mr. Badii is walking around the grounds of a natural history museum.  He stops at a vista point overlooking the city.  A dark gray or black cat is walking along the low wall as the man approaches a bench to sit down.

Taste of Cherry - dark cat walking along wall

As the man sits, the cat jumps down the other side of the wall and disappears.  It should be noted that this film has a strange ending which has been known to leave some viewers feeling frustrated.

Taste of Cherry - dark cat looking back at man from wall

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t hang around for inconclusive endings.


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Clerks (1994)

Clerks poster

Miramax
Starring:
 Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson
Also Starring:  Lenin’s Tomb

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis:  Kevin Smith’s debut low-budget film about Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran), a convenience store clerk who has a wild day that makes him question more than just his sanity.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): There is a resident black cat living in the convenience store who is seen in several shots observing the crazy action happening around him.

Clerks - black cat sleeping on shelf

Clerks - black cat sitting on shelf

At one point the cat’s litter box is left on the counter while Dante is on the phone.  A customer (Joe Bagnole) is at the counter waiting when the cat shows up and steps into the box.

Clerks - black cat steps in litter box on counter in front of customer

The cat proceeds to take a dump in the litter box in front of the customer and then cover it up.

Clerks - black cat poops in litter box on counter in front of customer

Clerks - black cat covers up poop in litter box on counter in front of customer animated gif

The cat is also carried to the counter by Randal (Jeff Anderson) and runs across in front of a customer who comments that it’s a nice cat and asks its name.  “Annoying Customer,” Randal replies.

Clerks - black cat runs across counter in front of customer

Finally the cat watches as Dante and Randal fight in the store.  According to the credits, the cat actor’s name was Lenin’s Tomb.

Clerks - black cat on shelf watches fight

Final Mewsings: Cats in convenience stores have to put up with both clerks and clients.

Many thanks to our good friend T.j. Dotson for remembering this movie cat for us!


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Hawaii Five-0 – “Piko Pauioli”

Hawaii Five-0 Season 6

Original Air Date: November 13, 2015
Starring: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Kristoffer Polaha
Directed by: Joel Surnow

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) work with a con man (Kristoffer Polaha) to find out who killed his female partner in crime.

Cat Cattle Call: At one point the three visit a pawn shop where Hank, the con man, says some of their loot was sold.  As they enter the storefront they find several cats wandering around.

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - gray cat inside pawn shop

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - calico cat behind pawn shop cage

Hank picks up one of the cats and McGarrett tells him to put it down.

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - Hank Kristoffer Polaha holding up cat

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - Hank Kristoffer Polaha holding up cat

They follow one tabby cat out the back of the store and up some stairs to an apartment.

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - tabby cat running up wooden stairs

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - tabby cat running up wooden stairs

Inside the apartment they find several cats eating scattered food off the floor.  They also find the pawnbroker, dead in the refrigerator.  The cat actors were provided by Check the Gate in Hawaii.

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - cats eating food off floor in kitchen

Hawaii Five-0 - Piko Pau'ioli - cats eating food off floor in kitchen with man in refrigerator

Final Mewsings: The pawnbroker’s cats probably would have preferred to eat out.


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