The Cat's Meow

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Bogdanovich returns to the territory he knows best with this witty, scurrilous account of a vintage Hollywood murder mystery. What really happened on board media magnate William Randolph Hearst's yacht when has-been producer Thomas Ince ended up dead? The starry dramatis personae - Charlie Chaplin (Izzard, a revelation), novelist Elinor Glyn (Lumley, tolerably subdued), Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons and, of course, Marion Davies (Dunst, very good, as usual) - and a nicely barbed script make for an enjoyably colourful and cynical portrait of Tinseltown in its carelessly corrupt, decadent heyday (rather more innocent than nowadays, one suspects). Featherweight but fun.

By: GA

Release details

Rated: 12A
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Screenwriter: Steven Peros
Cast: Eddie Izzard
Kirsten Dunst
Joanna Lumley
Edward Herrmann
Cary Elwes
Jennifer Tilly

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E A Dobson

Not bad for Bogdanovich(just don`t expect a return to form in the Paper Moon,Last Picture Show mold),worth a watch but i certainly wouldn`t recommend buying the dvd.Regarding the TO review i personally didn`t find Izzard,a revelation,good but for me the film belonged to Dunst & the always reliable,Herrmann.