The Private Life of a Cat (1944)

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Directed by:
 Alexander Hammid

Synopsis: A silent, black and white documentary film by the noted experimental director Alexander Hammis.  The film follows the quiet life of two cats, a male and a female known simply as He and She, as they mate (off screen), give birth and raise a litter of kittens in an apartment.

Reality Star Cats: This is simply an exceptional film for any cat lover.  The stars are all cats; He (a white tabby) and She (a Maine Coon) and their mixed family of five kittens.  There are no humans seen throughout the film (although the setting out of food and milk indicates the cats aren’t alone in the apartment.)  There is no plot to speak of, although there is a nice circular pattern to the events.  The mother cat giving birth is as private a moment in any animal’s life as one can get and her five kittens born are precious beyond words.

The Private Life of a Cat She

There is a little bit of notable editing and time-jumping when the kittens seem to change age radically in a couple of scenes, but this is completely forgivable.  If you’re a cat lover and haven’t seen this yet, do yourself a favor and watch!

The Private Life of a Cat Kitten

Final Mewsings: The first cat reality stars whose private lives were not so private after all.

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