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Chat écoutant la musique (1990)

English Title: Cat Listening to Music
Les Films du Jeudi
Starring:
 Guillaume-en-Egypte
Directed by: Chris Marker

Synopsis: The second of a series of short films focusing on animals by director Chris Marker. In this one a cat listens to music while relaxing on a keyboard.

Featured Feline: The cat, named Guillaume-en-Egypt, is seen lying on a keyboard as music is played.

Cat Listening to Music - Bengal cat Guillaume-en-Egypte lying on keyboard

Cat Listening to Music - close up of Bengal cat Guillaume-en-Egypte sleeping

While Guillaume seems to be sleeping most of the time he does open his eyes once in a while.

Cat Listening to Music - close up of Bengal cat Guillaume-en-Egypte with eyes open

That’s really all there is to the film, except to say the shots of Guillaume are stunning and beautiful.

Cat Listening to Music - extreme close up of Bengal cat Guillaume-en-Egypte

Cat Listening to Music - extreme close up of Bengal cat Guillaume-en-Egypte sleeping

Also there is a photograph of a gray cat nearby. Does this hint at a backstory of some kind? Who can say?

Cat Listening to Music - black and white photograph of gray cat

Final Mewsings: How do we know the cat is really listening?


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I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

I Know Who Killed Me poster

360 Pictures
Starring:
 Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough
Directed by: Chris Sivertson

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

Synopsis: Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan) is kidnapped and mutilated by a serial killer but is found alive, only she claims to be a dancer named Dakota.

Kitty Cameo: Aubrey owns a Sphynx cat which is seen a few times in the film, although his name is never mentioned. Aubrey greets the cat after it comes down the stairs in an early scene in the film.

I Know Who Killed Me - Sphynx cat on stair landing

After Aubrey disappears, Agent Julie Bascome (Garcelle Beauvais) is questioning Aubrey’s mother Susan (Julia Ormond) about the last time she saw her daughter. Susan is holding the cat throughout the scene.

I Know Who Killed Me - Susan Julia Ormond holding Sphynx cat in mirror with Julie Garcelle Beauvais

I Know Who Killed Me - Susan Julia Ormond holding Sphynx cat in mirror

I Know Who Killed Me - Susan Julia Ormond holding Sphynx cat

Finally Aubrey’s mother and father Daniel (Neal McDonough) bring Dakota home. When the cat appears they are hopeful she will remember she is Aubrey. Instead Dakota just says, “I don’t like cats.”

I Know Who Killed Me - Sphynx cat rubbing against legs

The cat actor was provided by Birds and Animals Unlimited.

I Know Who Killed Me - Sphynx cat in front of legs

Final Mewsings: How can we sympathize with someone who doesn’t like cats?


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Accident (1967)

Accident poster

London Independent Producers
Starring:
 Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker
Directed by: Joseph Losey

Synopsis: Oxford professor Stephen (Dirk Bogarde) is attracted to one of his pupils named Anna (Jacqueline Sassard) but a complicated series of relationships and a horrific accident interfere.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Two different cats appear very briefly in the film. The first is a black cat who can be seen on the tennis court while Stephen, Anna, a fellow Professor named Charley (Stanley Baker) and young student William (Michael York) are playing.

Accident - black cat in middle of tennis court

The cat is playing with the net and jumps at it when the ball hits nearby.

Accident - black cat lying in middle of tennis court

Accident - black cat playing with net on tennis court animated gif

Kitty Cameo:  The other cat is a long-haired tuxedo cat being held by a boy, presumably the son of Laura (Ann Firbank) whom Stephen visits in one scene.

Accident - boy sitting in window with long-haired tuxedo cat

Accident - boy sitting in window with long-haired tuxedo cat in background

Final Mewsings: Maybe the cat wanted to referee?


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The Small Back Room (1949)

The Small Back Room poster

Also Known As: Hour of Glory
London Film Productions
Starring:
 David Farrar, Kathleen Byron
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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

Synopsis: Sammy Rice (David Farrar) is an embittered munitions expert who battles alcohol and drug dependency while helping to unravel the science behind deadly trigger bombs the Germans are dropping around the U.K.

Featured Feline: Sammy and his girlfriend and co-worker Susan (Kathleen Byron) spend much time together in Sammy’s flat and own a white cat named Snowball. Snowball is first seen when Susan tries ringing the flat to reach Sammy, who is at the pub.

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat sitting on chair

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat still sitting on chair

In a later scene, Sammy and Susan return home and start to make love. Snowball is sitting on the chair and sits up when she hears the key in the lock.

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat waking up

Susan greets Snowball and then throws her coat down on the chair beside the cat.

The Small Back Room - Susan Kathleen Byron and Sammy David Farrar looking down at Snowball white cat on chair

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat looking at coat on chair

The Small Back Room - coat being thrown down beside Snowball white cat animated gif

Snowball is seen licking her paws in another scene when Sammy is waiting for Susan and battling his demons.

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat lying on chair

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat grooming animated gif

After Sammy and Susan have a fight in a club, Susan goes home without him. When Sammy comes home he finds Susan sitting on the chair with Snowball on the floor beside her.

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat sitting on floor beside Susan Kathleen Byron

Susan moves out without letting Sammy know and he calls for her, then calls for Snowball. The cat’s bowl of milk has been left untouched and Sammy kicks it over in frustration. But at the end of the film Susan has moved back in and Snowball is back on her chair, preening again.

The Small Back Room - Snowball white cat licking paw on chair

Final Mewsings: It especially hurts when your girlfriend leaves and takes the cat.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for recommending this film to us!


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The Wild Wild West – “The Night of the Returning Dead”

The Wild Wild West Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: October 14, 1966
Starring: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
Directed by: Richard Donner

Synopsis: Jim West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus (Ross Martin) investigate sightings of a mysterious Confederate ghost haunting a ranch.

Purr Blur: The stable boy for the ranch is named Jeremiah (Sammy Davis Jr.) and he has a strange affinity with animals. Elizabeth Carter (Hazel Court) brings him a bird and they look over the many animals he is caring for in the barn, including kittens in a cage. Only one black kitten can barely be seen.

The Wild Wild West - The Night of the Returning Dead - Elizabeth Carter (Hazel Court) and Jeremiah Sammy Davis Jr. looking at black kitten in cage

Final Mewsings: Kittens should be kept cage-free.

Many thanks to our friend Ted Davis for spotting this television cat for us!


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