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Dig these crazy cats!
 
The cat Simon Simone is holding in LA BETE HUMAINE, and to which she is
compared.  To continue the connection, Simon starred in THE CAT PEOPLE
and cameoed in CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (the original versions), although
the emphasis is more on big cats than small ones.  (I
'm not even sure if there *is* a cat in CURSE--I'll have to go look again.)
 
A black cat demonstrates the nervousness of--and seals the fate of--the Plummer
brothers in the final showdown in STAGECOACH.
 
And there are various cinematic versions of Poe's THE BLACK CAT.
 
Jonesy, the cat in ALIEN, is an important plot factor in that film.
 
A cat can be heard screeching when Thomas Mitchell knocks over some garbage
cans in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
 
A cat goes after THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.
 
Truffaut-as-director in DAY FOR NIGHT has some trouble getting a cat to play
for the camera.
 
Anita Ekberg plays with a cat in LA DOLCE VITA.
 
Consider the cat of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in numerous James Bond films.
 
A cat is a witch's familiar in BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE--and other films besides.
 
I believe that cats can be heard crying out during fantasy (?) sequences in
BELLE DE JOUR.
 
A cat waits plaintively for its disappeared mistress to open the bottle brought
by the milkman at the end of the amazing "Lullaby of Broadway" sequence from
GOLDDIGGERS OF 1935.
 
And unusual (and very unethical) use is made of a cat in a bordello in
Imamura's INSECT WOMAN.
 
 
A few non-cats:
the dog of UMBERTO D.
 
the little animals that Griffith heroines seem to adore--see especially
BIRTH OF A NATION and INTOLERANCE.
 
 
 
I hope these help!
 
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
 
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