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Fire Accidents – Trailer (1950)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage from the Ministry of Information warns of the dangers of fire around children.

Reality Cat: The film begins with a tiny tabby kitten playing with a ball of yarn. The narrator explains that the little kitten chases the ball because it is healthy and inquisitive. The comparison is then made with a child, who is also playing with a ball.

Fire Accidents Trailer - tabby kitten playing with small ball of yarn

Fire Accidents Trailer - tabby kitten playing with small ball of yarn

Fire Accidents Trailer - tabby kitten playing with small ball of yarn

The short then takes a quick serious turn and shows children who have been victims of burns. The narrator urges families to “cage” their fire by putting heat sources behind meshes and screens. In the end the little boy is seen with the kitten sitting in front of a fire that has been safely screened. The boy gives the kitten a saucer of milk.

Fire Accidents Trailer - boy giving a tabby kitten a saucer of milk in front of a fireplace

Fire Accidents Trailer - boy with a tabby kitten drinking from a saucer of milk in front of a fireplace

Final Mewsings: It’s always wise to protect both children and pets from fire.


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Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra poster

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Synopsis: Egyptian Queen Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) has a thing for Roman men; first Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and then Mark Antony (Richard Burton).

Kitty Cameo: Near the beginning of the film Caesar arrives in Egypt with his soldiers to be greeted by Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII (Richard O’Sullivan), who has usurped the throne and banished Cleopatra. During this scene Ptolemy is holding a somewhat fidgety long-haired white cat.

Cleopatra - Ptolemy Richard O'Sullivan being carried in throne with white long haired cat

Cleopatra - Ptolemy Richard O'Sullivan holding white long haired cat with Pothinus Gregoire Aslan

Cleopatra - Ptolemy Richard O'Sullivan holding white long haired cat with Pothinus Gregoire Aslan

Ptolemy is a weasely leader who is mostly being led by his chief eunich Pothinus (Gregoire Aslan). As Caesar tolerates their conversation, the cat continues to look somewhat uncomfortable.

Cleopatra - Ptolemy Richard O'Sullivan holding white long haired cat with Pothinus Gregoire Aslan

Cleopatra - Ptolemy Richard O'Sullivan holding white long haired cat with Pothinus Gregoire Aslan

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like to be held by weak leaders.


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Somm Into the Bottle (2015)

Somm Into the Bottle poster

Forgotten Man Films
Directed by:
 Jason Wise

Synopsis: A follow up to the documentary Somm looks at the history, politics and various other stories of wine.

Kitty Cameo: At the Domaine de la Romanée–Conti, a calico cat is seen walking through the vineyard after having just caught a mouse or rat.

Somm - calico cat catching rat in vineyard

Somm - calico cat walking away in vineyard

Final Mewsings: Let’s hear it for the winery cats!


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Kedi (2016)

Kedi poster

Termite Films
Starring:
 Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, Deniz
Directed by: Ceyda Torun

Synopsis: A charming documentary which follows the lives of various street cats who share their lives with the human citizens of the city of Istanbul.

Reality Cats: It’s not hard to see why this film has won the hearts of cat lovers all over the world. Kedi is Turkish for cat and the film features footage of many of the feral cats who make the streets of Istanbul their home.

Kedi - close up of calico cat

While showing many cats, the film spotlights seven specific cats. Sari, the street hustler is shown working the sidewalk cafes without shame, then reveals one of the main reasons behind her resourcefulness.

Kedi - orange and white cat Sari with food in mouth

Duman is a gentleman who has a charming way of letting a delicatessen proprietor know when he wants to be fed.

Kedi - close up of gray and white cat Duman

Bengü is a lover who just loves to be brushed by the human she is attached to and is a soft contrast to her industrial surroundings.

Kedi - tabby cat Bengü sitting in sun

Aslan Parçasi is a hunter seen patrolling for rats and mice around the waterside restaurant Bosphorus.

Kedi - tuxedo cat Aslan sitting outside restaurant Bosphorus

Gamsiz is a player who chooses who to visit and how to gain entrance when wanted.

Kedi - tuxedo cat Gamsiz walking down street

Psikopat is a psycho kitty who terrorizes her domain, ruling with a firm paw.

Kedi - tuxedo cat Psikopat grabbing with claws

And finally Deniz is a social butterfly who wins hearts in a local organic marketplace.

Kedi - white and brown tabby Deniz sitting in market

Director Ceyda Torun approached this film in a very respectful and fascinating way by following the cats and letting them be themselves. Their personalities shine through loud and clear with no interference from the filmmakers. The sheer technical work this must have involved, i.e. timing when and where the cats would be, getting down to the cats’ level to film without being intimidating or scaring off their subjects, and wading through countless hours of footage to create a flowing narrative, is impressive.

Kedi - close up of light calico cat face

I told director Ceyda Torun at a screening of the film in Los Angeles that I thought this was the best cat movie I’d ever seen. But it’s not only a great movie about cats, it’s also an insightful movie about humanity. An absolute must-see!

Kedi - extreme close up of tabby cat face

Final Mewsings: If you’re looking for a cat movie, this is the one.


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The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)

The Man in the Iron Mask poster

Norman Rosemont Productions
Starring:
 Richard Chamberlain, Louis Jourdan
Directed by: Mike Newell

Synopsis: A man named Phillipe (Richard Chamberlain) wonders why he is persecuted, not realizing that he is the surviving twin brother of Louis XIV who wants him out of the way.

Purr Blur: Phillipe is aided by the musketeer D’Artagnan (Louis Jourdan) and trained in the ways of royalty in order to take the King’s place. D’Artagnan teaches Phillipe the names of all the royal family and how to swordfight and dance. In a montage scene a rather disinterested cat is sitting in front of the two men as they practice dance steps.

The Man in the Iron Mask - Philippe Richard Chamberlain and D'Artagnan Louis Jourdan practicing dancing with cat in foreground

The Man in the Iron Mask - Philippe Richard Chamberlain and D'Artagnan Louis Jourdan practicing dancing with cat in foreground

The Man in the Iron Mask - Philippe Richard Chamberlain and D'Artagnan Louis Jourdan practicing dancing with cat in foreground

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t dance and don’t really like watching dancing, either.

Many thanks to Nick Wale and Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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