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Plot: A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.
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Argento’s most underrated movie.
I expected the worst from ‘The Cat O’Nine Tales’ because of its generally poor critical standing, but was pleasantly surprised by this intriguing and effective murder mystery. I must point out that I watched the uncut, undubbed original Italian version. I think this might be a factor in my reaction to it. I’m assuming that the American version is botched and that is the version most people have seen.
This movie isn’t as flamboyant and eccentric as most of Argento’s later work. The plot, though convoluted at times, actually makes sense, and there is a bit more character development that you normally expect. As much as I enjoy Argento’s later surrealism he sometimes just goes too far e.g. the messy and downright silly ‘Phenomena’. This movie is more controlled and conventional but still features some spectacular murders and has enough Argento touches to make it an above average giallo thriller. A very good, suspenseful mystery that holds the interest until the last (very memorable) sequence. Argento fans shouldn’t overlook this one!
My 25th Birthday film viewing.
Being left gasping for breath after getting gripped by Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970-also reviewed) ,I placed an order on Amazon to get a R2 DVD of his second Giallo as fast .When the film arrived,I instantly put it in my DVD player.Sadly,about 5 minutes into the film I had to turn it off,due to the picture quality of the film looking like it had covered with mud.
A few months later,as I started to think about what film I would enjoy watching for the very first time on my birthday,Argento’s claws came out,ripping any other competitor’s apart.Checking to see if there was any chance of a classy print of the film being out on import DVD,I was thrilled to discover that Blue Underground had brought the film out with a cleaned-up sound and picture,which made me realize that I at last had the chance to view Dario’s second Giallo with all its claws intact.
View on the film:
Shortly after having watched this excellent film,I decided to take a look at the extra 13 minute DVD interview with Dario Argento. In the interview ,I was shocked to hear Argento say the he feels that this is the worst film that he has ever made!
One of the most interesting aspects I found with Cats,when compared to Argento’s other ” Animal trilogy” Gialli,is that this is the one that seems to spends the most amount of its time focusing on the gathering of clues in the characters intense hunt for the killer.
With the great,puzzle-solving screenplay (that Dario co-wrote with Dardano “The Beyond” Sacchetti and Luigi Collo) the writers give the film a strong mix of Giallo paranoid thriller and a hard-nosed 40’s detective film (with some added,cleverly done,stylish murder scenes for good measure.)
The writers closely follow Carlo (played with a tense determination by James Franciscus) and Franco (played by a terrific Karl Malden,who does very well at showing Franco’s increased interested for getting involved in an almost” one last case” scenario- Although,it is a shame that he is given the nickname “Cookie” by his niece,instead of “Themis”) gather up all of the clues that are hidden in the shadows of the shady corporation,as they also each try and deal with the fact that someone is going around,attempting to stop them dead in their tracks.
Checking up for some details about the rest of the cast online,I was disappointed to find that lead actress Catherine Spaak, (who is also the first lead actress to be featured (partly) naked in an Argento film) seems to get bashed quite a bit for her performance.Whilst Spaak does not have a charismatic side as strong as other actresses in Dario’s film,she makes up for a good amount of it by giving Anna a chillingly icy side that help to give her scenes a good,untrustworthy feel.
As the film begins to near the ending, Argento starts to hint at a killer twist. Sadly,,Argento instead finishes the film with a whimper,instead of the much needed bang that it seemed to had been building towards.
Whilst the open ending does let the film down a bit,Dario’s tremendous directing makes sure that the whole audience is pulled right into this wonderful twisting & turning Giallo,with scenes such as ones that involve a suspicious looking glass of milk and a creepy search round a grave yard,allowing Argento to create a tense, lively Giallo with nine lives.
Original Language it
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (cut) (USA), 32 min (Super 8-version in 2 parts) (West Germany)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Dario Argento
Writer Dario Argento (based on a story by), Luigi Cozzi (based on a story by), Dardano Sacchetti (story), Dario Argento (screenplay)
Actors James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi
Country Italy, France, West Germany
Production Company Labrador Pictures, Seda Spettacoli
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length 3,000 m (1972) (before censorship) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (2-perf)
Cinematographic Process Cromoscope (Tecnostampa prints, Italy), Techniscope (Technicolor prints, USA)
Printed Film Format 35 mm