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Foreign Friday bannerForushande (2016)

The Salesman poster

English Title: The Salesman
Arte France Cinéma
Starring:
 Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi

Synopsis: Emad and Rana Etesami (Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti) move into a new apartment where Rana is assaulted, leaving Emad desperate to find the culprit.

Kitty Cameos: Finding themselves homeless at the start of the film, a friend named Babak (Babak Karimi) shows the couple an apartment in his building. When they arrive a large tuxedo cat is meowing outside the door. Rana picks up the cat and carries it away, treating it kindly.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

Another tabby cat is seen in the background seconds later and moves down the stairs.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

When Emad comes home one night he finds the door of the apartment open. As he calls for Rana, a cat runs outside.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini enters apartment as cat runs outside

Later in the film Emad is trying to find a vehicle which can be opened by a set of keys left in the apartment. As he tries the door of a blue truck, a Bengal tabby cat can be seen moving from beneath the parked vehicle.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The same cat is in the street and moves away as Emad walks further down.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

Near the end of the film, Babak is moving the furniture the former tenant left behind. As he removes a cover, a little tabby kitten is in amongst the items.

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

Babak picks up the kitten gently, asking what it is doing there.

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

Final Mewsings: When looking for apartments, cat residents are a definite plus!


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Inferno (1980)

Inferno poster

Produzioni Intersound
Starring:
 Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle
Directed by: Dario Argento

This review contains severe Kitty Carnage Warnings!

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

Synopsis: The second entry in Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy. Rose Elliott (Irene Miracle) suspects evil happening in and around the New York building where she lives and she calls on her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey) to travel from Rome to help her. But is he too late?

Cat Cattle Call: There are numerous cats in the film, many of which are hanging out around the antique bookstore and curio shop next to the building in New York run by Kazanian (Sacha Pitoëff). The cats are in the alley outside the store as Rose seeks to find an entry to her building’s cellar. One of the cats even approaches her but turns away when she opens the cellar door. Food seems to have been used as an incentive to keep the cats on their marks.

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Later in Rome we see Mark attending a college music appreciation class, but he is distracted by a ravishing woman holding a cream colored Persian cat. She seems to be casting a spell upon him. At the very least, she distracts him from reading the letter he has received from his sister.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat in music class

Mark looks for the woman when the class ends but she is walking away.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat leaving music class

Mark arrives in New York and meets his sister’s upstairs neighbor, Countess Elise De Longvalle Adler (Daria Nicolodi). They try to figure out the mystery behind Rose’s disappearance. In the interim, cats are seen around the building, often eating meat which is being fed to them. The origin of the meat, well, you will just have to guess!

Inferno - black cat and tuxedo cat sitting on cushion

In Kazanian’s store, a black cat is accidentally grabbed as the man stumbles. The cat then knocks over a statue, breaking it. The alley cats are still hanging around outside, too.

Inferno - black cat accidentally being grabbed

In one scene Elise is wandering around the building alone when she is suddenly attacked by numerous cats. As in most cat attack scenes, the poor cat actors are actually just thrown at the actress; catapulted at her, if you will. An extraordinary amount of cat fur is flying in these scenes.

Inferno - Rose being attacked by cats

If you look closely, you can see the actress who plays Elise is replaced by a stunt double wearing a kind of mannequin head to avoid being accidentally clawed on the face and head by the cats. This is used for most of the scene.

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats animated gif

You can also actually see the arm of the person throwing one of the cats into the scene! The bad thing is that some of the cats seem to be fighting each other in the confusion. In any case, they are certainly fighting each other more than they are attacking the person.

Inferno - man's arm throwing cat at fake Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of cat's mouth

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of tuxedo cat's face

Later, Kazanian approaches a sweet-looking tuxedo cat which is sitting beneath a table in his store.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff looking at gray tuxedo cat under table

Kitty Carnage Warning!  This is where things turn ugly for the cats. Kazanian coaxes the tuxedo cat out only to grab it by the scruff. The poor cat actor is struggling as the man carries him across the room. The man then slams the cat’s head against the back of a chair. Fortunately the cat used for the head slamming shot is a fake one, but it is a disturbing moment.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff picking up gray tuxedo cat by scruff

Kazanian then takes things to extremes when he opens a sack full of live cats and throws the tuxedo cat inside. He then proceeds to take the sack down to the water and drowns the cats. He does get his comeuppance, but not until after the cats are drowned. A mechanism was used inside the closed bag to make it look as if it were full of cats.

Inferno - cats inside burlap sack

Near the end of the movie, Mark is digging under the floor of Rose’s room when a tuxedo cat appears and then runs in, ducking down under the floorboards.

Inferno - tuxedo cat looking in through window

This same tuxedo cat is later seen attacking and eating a live mouse.

Inferno - tuxedo cat eating mouse

It is reported that assistant director Lamberto Bava wrangled so many cats for the film that he can no longer stand to be in a room with a cat and has avoided them ever since.

Inferno - close up of black cat's eye

Inferno - silhouette of cat on wall

Final Mewsings: Cats have been avoiding Lamberto Bava since this film as well!


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Man’s Best Friend (1993)

Man's Best Friend poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen
Directed by: John Lafia

This review contains a severe Kitty Carnage Warning!

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

Synopsis: News reporter Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) breaks into an experimental lab and rescues a dog named Max, not realizing that he is actually a dangerous hybrid.

Kitty Cameos: At the beginning of the film several classic paintings and block drawings of dogs interacting with man (in both good ways and bad) are shown. In among these is a drawing of two fighting cats being thrown into some kind of ring.

Man's Best Friend - drawing of cats being thrown into ring

A couple of cats can be be seen in the lab. A tabby is startled when a woman’s bloody shoe is thrown against its cage. This is because the woman is being torn apart by Max.

Man's Best Friend - tabby cat reacting to bloody shoe class=

Kitty Carnage Warning! Later when Lori and her camerawoman break into the lab they film several animals which have been injured or maimed, including one little gray and white kitten which is bloody. It should be noted that while all the experiments shown are faked, they are very distressing for any animal lover.

Man's Best Friend - gray and white kitten in cage

Featured Feline:  Max is well behaved around Lori (at first) and even makes friends with the neighbor boy Rudy (J.D. Daniels). Rudy takes Max out for a run and meets up with his friend Chet (Bradley Pierce). As they are going down the street they spot an orange tabby cat nearby which hisses at them.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing by tree

Chet points out that it is Mrs. Barclay’s stupid cat Boo. Neither boy likes Boo and Rudy notes that the cat always tries to scratch him. The boys look at each other and have the same idea, telling Max to get the cat.

Man's Best Friend - close up of ginger tabby cat Boo

Man's Best Friend - nervous ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

This sets off a chase with Max racing after Boo.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being chased by dog Max

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo running to tree

Eventually Boo runs up a tree. But Max is no ordinary dog and he extends his claws to climb the tree. This startles Boo as well as the boys.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree hissing

Boo scrambles farther up the tree but has nowhere left to go. He turns to face Max.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo at top of tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing in tree

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course Boo doesn’t stand much of a chance. The boys watch in shock as Max proceeds to eat Boo. Yes, the dog eats the cat! Then belches. Rudy and Chet blame each other for the event and then hurry away.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

According to the American Humane Association, during the chase scene the cat and dog actors were kept a safe distance apart and were running for treats. In the scene in which Max eats Boo, an obvious fake dog’s head was used. The cat actor climbed through the dog’s mouth and then his trainer pulled him back into the mouth to create the necessary effect. While the cat actor was likely not hurt, it certainly looked awkward and uncomfortable on film!

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

Final Mewsings: Cats give dogs indigestion.


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Cat Lady (2017)

Music Artist: Madonnatron

Synopsis: The official surreal music video for Madonnatron’s song Cat Lady.

Kitty Cameo: Amongst all the imagery of the band pretending to be cats there is a storyline about a woman with an orange and white long-haired cat and a couple of stuffed boyfriends. The band’s intention was to represent a cat lady as something other than the lonely spinster or mad women but someone who has secrets they don’t wish to share.

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat being kissed by woman

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat on coach with woman dipping bread

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat with woman

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat with woman on couch

Final Mewsings: Maybe we should just leave being cats to cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this video.


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Miniature Dachshund Pups (1957)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows miniature dachshund pups being groomed and fed in a country inn.

Reality Cats: This footage was taken at a country inn in Dunsmore, Buckinghamshire, England where the proprietors, Ted and Georgina Fox, are walking their dachshunds. As they approach the front door of the inn, a tuxedo cat can be seen sitting in front.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - cat sitting outside country inn as couple approaches with dachshunds

The focus of the piece is of course on the dogs, especially two miniature dachshund pups named Samson and Delilah. But several shots of this same cat, plus one black cat (likely residents of the inn) are also shown, although no mention of them is made.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - black cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat preening inside country inn

Final Mewsings: Country inn cats are not impressed with pups in cups.


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