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The Cat's Meow

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The Cat's Meow

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
112 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/12/02
performer:
Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Tilly
director:
Peter Bogdanovich
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
78593
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward Herrmann), spying through his ship-floor peepholes, plays host to Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst), the movie-star mistress who obsessed him, and Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), the man he suspects she’s having an affair with; also on board are producers, flappers, and Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly). Bogdanovich’s staging is lively in a superficial way, yet The Cat’s Meow has a famous-names-on-parade facileness. Herrmann gives a performance of bullyragging power. B+

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