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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

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This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality,... See full summary »

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This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality, and has no friends her own age as a result. She makes an imaginary friend though, her father's dead first wife Irena. At about the same time, she befriends Julia Farren, an aging reclusive actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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A tender tale of terror! See more »

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Drama | Family

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14 October 1944 (Mexico)  »

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A Maldição da Pantera  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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The poem quoted by the Miss Callahan is The Unseen Playmate by Robert Louis Stevenson from 'A Child's Garden of Verses' (1913). See more »

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The vehicle that passes Amy on the bridge leaves no tracks in the snow next to her. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) See more »

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Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant
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enigmatic fantasy completely compelling
22 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

I don't think many people will dispute that this dreamy tribute to themes of childhood loneliness and the power imagination has to rescue children from the darkest places resonates tremendously. As noted in previous comments, there is great hue and cry that the film is unrelated to the first Cat People story (with the exception of characters that people its landscape) and that the title is inappropriate. I agree that the title is somewhat exploitive, but if one truly examines the curse of Elena's existence in the context of mythic themes of good versus evil, then Elena's ultimate redemption is her ability , through her intercession with Amy, to protect her from the evil in the mortal world embodied within the film. This film is filled with real images and feelings of childhood, so much so that at times it is almost painful to watch. But watch it you should.


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