The Cat's Meow is a 2001 historical drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, Edward Herrmann, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Tilly. "[7], Bogdanovich cast Kirsten Dunst in the role of Marion Davies, as she had "always wanted to do a twenties story. Several of those participating in the weekend's festivities are at a crossroads in their lives and/or careers. "[14], "Apart from its theory about the mistaken death of Ince and its cover-up, the movie's most intriguing theory is that Parsons witnessed it, which might explain her lifetime contract with the Hearst papers," wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Cat's Meow (2001) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. William Randolph Hearst did, or did not, get away with murder on board his private yacht Oneida on Nov. 15, 1924. But it speaks with a quieter voice, and what it says seems substantially more personal and thoughtful. "It happened that as Bogdanovich told me this story, we were aboard the QE2, crossing to Southampton on the 25th anniversary voyage of the Telluride Film Festival in 1998. See the full list of The Cat's Meow cast and crew including actors, directors, producers and more. [3], "The incident Welles alluded to in this exchange is the subject of The Cat’s Meow, directed by Bogdanovich and adapted by Steven Peros from his own play," Rosenbaum wrote. Carol Lewis, Producer. [2], On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 74% based on reviews from 125 critics. Looking to watch The Cat's Meow? Tilly plays Parsons as if she was an airhead - I believe externally in real life, Parsons did come off as a silly, ineffectual woman, all the better to gain your confidence; in fact, she was an ambitious person who wielded a lot of power. (When he saw Citizen Kane, believing that Susan Alexander was based on Marion, he was most upset at the portrayal of Susan as a drunk.) Rumor has it that Hearst, suspecting an affair between Davies and Charlie Chaplin, shot Ince by accident, either mistaking him for Chaplin or because Ince happened to be on the dock at the same time and got in the line of fire. He phones the injured man's wife and tells her Ince attempted suicide when Livingston tried to end their affair, assuring her the truth won't reach the media. The Cat's Meow The particulars in terms of the letter or the hat, those where details hypothesized by Steven, based on his research, but the actual plot — of what happened and who was doing what and why — that was all the same. Dunst, heretofore relegated to kittenish teen roles, comes as close to capturing Davies' effervescence and spontaneity as anyone has (and no one has). Learn how and when to remove this template message. Receive a $6 Movie Rental. His anger is fueled further when he finds a brooch he had given Davies in Chaplin's cabin. 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