Maybe if Ed Wood had watched more Tourneur, things would’ve turned out better for him. With Cat People and other B-movie gems, Jacques Tourneur shows that you can still give these pictures an injection of atmosphere and craft. Like The Living Idol from before, Cat People uses big cats as a way to signify the (apparently terrifying) expression of female sexuality. Turner approaches his material with panache, swathing his scenes in darkness and making liberal use of feline imagery: the shadow of a birdcage overlaid on the panther painting in Irena’s apartment is particularly memorable. The stalking scenes on the street and in the pool demonstrate a merciless ratcheting up of tension and pacing.
Someone says ‘Mamelukes’ or ‘friend’.
Questionable animal treatment.
Irena says something unintentionally creepy.
American = normal, palateable, apparently.
Serbia or Serbian history is discussed.
Someone answers the phone to no avail.
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