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The Cat's Meow

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In November 1924, multimillionaire William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann) hosts a weekend of festivities aboard his 220-foot steamer in honor of filmmaker Thomas Ince's (Cary Elwes) birthday. It seems that everyone on board wants something from … see full wiki

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 12, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Cat’s Meow 2001 - WR Hearst's murder coverup

  • Mar 13, 2004
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Power and privilege, that says it all. Maybe this tale is fictitious, maybe it is true. I’m pretty sure the players will never fess up.

Set in the early 20's when girls were bad and boys were badder, when gin was made in the bathtub, unless you are the rich folk. If you are the rich folk, it’s quality gin and easily had and so are the girls.

Written by Steven Peros and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, The Cat’s Meow is a dirty little tale about William Randolph Hearst and his paramour Marion Davies, rich and influential Thomas Ince, the birth of tabloidist Louella Parsons and the irascible Charlie Chaplin. It takes place on the yacht owned by Hearst and involves a little murder that was shoved under the rug.

Did the murder actually take place? One thing for sure, Hearst never did time for it and those that were on board didn’t rat him out. In fact, Parsons career skyrocketed after this encounter. Makes one wonder, doesn’t it?

Hearst, in this movie, appears to be a volatile and jealous person, intent on ending the relationship between his lover, Marion Davies, and Charlie Chaplin. Doesn’t occur to Hearst that he is married and has a family and that he is cheating, I guess. Anyway, as things go, and misunderstandings compound, one fateful night on board the ship changes the lives of everyone.

Filmed in Kyparisi, Greece, the scenery that you get to see is outstanding and lush. However, most of the shooting was done on board this vessel, and it’s huge. Even though the interior was dark, filming was done very well and you were able to see all the scenes with little shadow or blackout.

As far as acting, Edward Herrmann was incredible as WR Hearst. He carried himself like a rich dude would and still showed a side that the rest of us have, insecurity. Eddie Izzard was the bad boy Charlie Chaplin. I had a bit of trouble with him because I had always pictured Chaplin as smaller, more waif like, and Izzard is stockier and taller. Cary Elwes is the unfortunate Tom Ince and I never did get his character down. I couldn’t put him with this crew for some reason, but I guess all types flock together.

Now who were the bad girls? None other than Jennifer Tilly as the mean and calculating Louella Parsons, in her fledgling days. She certainly took flight after this cruise, careerwise that is. Tilly played a decent Parsons, she had slimmed down quite a bit and her skin didn’t look as pasty as normal. She was a shrewd dealer.

The main bad girl was Marion Davies, played by Kirsten Dunst. Man, has Interview With A Vampire been that long ago? She was OK but I don’t think she has ever been noted for all her acting talent anyway, she’s just a good look. By the way, Kirsten Dunst won the Silver Ombú for Best Actress from Mar del Plata Film Festival.

This movie won’t change your life in anyway or make you wonder. Just a movie no better or worse than any other. Passes time.



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