6 comments on “The Cat’s Meow (2001)

  1. When I saw this movie, at first I wasn’t quite sure what to think because the movie dealt entirely in rumor–until I rewound it to the beginning for further examination and noticed a line I had missed–something along the lines of “This is ONE VERSION of what happened.” That made the movie all better for me. A disclaimer that this was a fantasy, because nobody knows really what happened. I have my own theories, which I can discuss if you’re interested.

    Kirsten Dunst does nothing to convince us that she’s playing Marion Davies. There’s one tiny little moment where she stutters (Marion spoke with a distinctive and noticeable stutter), but it’s only one little moment and it’s like…that’s all we get to convince us that she’s playing Davies. The rest of the time she’s just Kirsten Dunst and she clearly has no idea who this woman was.

    • I certainly appreciate Bogdanovich disclaiming this as “possibility” instead of the “Based on a true story” gimmick. Haha, I’m glad you noticed the stutter because I didn’t detect it at all. It’s sad when an actor doesn’t have the time/interest to research who their playing.

  2. I’ve been meaning to get around to this film for over a decade. I would imagine it’s worth it just for Herrmann. Has he *ever* given a bad performance?

    • It’s funny you ask that because I was just discussing that with a friend. The answer is no, he’s never given a bad performance and he’s fantastic here.

  3. I picked this up on DVD in the sales ages ago, and never got around to watching it. Your review is just the kick in the pants I needed to dig it out and view it!

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