[Frameworks] cat films

Gene Youngblood atopia at comcast.net
Sat Aug 16 20:00:28 UTC 2014


Cats are featured prominently in 27 of George Kuchar’s diaries, some of them pretty surreal. My favorite is “Kitty Porn” (1996). 

From: Ronald Gregg 
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:44 AM
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And Felix the Cat as well: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxailD4Ofq4





On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM, <nicky.hamlyn at talktalk.net> wrote:

  Nice titles for 'Jonesy', like the ones for Pierrot le Fou.

  There are also hundreds of episodes of Top Cat to consider!

  Nicky.




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  here kitty...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo0c8FnjW0k




  2014-08-16 5:19 GMT-04:00 <nicky.hamlyn at talktalk.net>:

    Bell Book and Candle,

    The Incredible Journey (Disney film abut three pets on a 200 mile journey. Includes a swimming siamese cat).

    Nicky.




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    Fuses of course ! And Plumb Line (1968-1972) by Carolee Schneemann too. 



    2014-08-16 9:49 GMT+02:00 <nicky.hamlyn at talktalk.net>:

      Gummo and Withnail and I have cats in them, albeit briefly.

      Nicky




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It's an odd question, really - looking for films with/about cats. If you
get onto YouTube and type in a search for 'cats', 'wacky cats' and/or
'awesome cats' you will find something around 2 billion choices to build
your exhibition around - none of them worthwhile. Do a search (with the
same criteria) for 'chipmunks' or 'hamsters' and you'll find less, but
about as discerning as the 'wacky cats' list. Any exhibition that results
from a deep curatorial insight about cats will probably leave you in the
same zone as all the YouTube ones.

If someone asked me what my favourite film was that had a cat within it -
that is, different from 'a hard-boiled cheap detective getting away from
the grips of a femme fatale' or 'a Joe-Bob Mr America saves the world from
certain destruction' scope of subjects (which I guess isn't all that
dissimilar to 'wacky chipmunk' or 'look what a hamster can fit in his
mouth' videos) - I would have to say Nightcats (by Brakhage).

Peter
(Perth)

>> What else could we shown in a Cat Film Fest?
>
>As Ekrem mentioned, there's Cat Cradle and Fuses. Dunno if the amount of
>kitteh-kontent is high enough for a feline fest, but the presence of the
>pussy... er, scratch that [Meow!] I mean the context of the cat, is the
>unraveling intertextual ball of string tying the two works together, or
>maybe being batted away from StanCat by CaroleeCat, or maybe the mirrored
>meowser is Schneeman's way of saying, 'my little furry pet is purring
>because she just pounced on some wee bit of pickle, and by the way, did
>you know that cats are independent creatures who do their own thing
>instead of licking their masters fantasy boots, and cats have really
>sharp claws they can dig into your untutored eye if you piss them off by
>mixing up which human is owned by which cat, and somehow indicate you
>think you own even one cat much less two, so go pine in the pines with
>your poor putrefying pooch and leave my kitty alone!"
>
>....
>
>You could show Marker's 'Case of the Grinning Cat' which also might be a
>little light on actual kitty-kontent, but again the cat-concept is pretty
>important, and any excuse to show Marker is always a good excuse.
>
>....
>
>Or you could go conceptual rather than representational:
>
>I read somewhere that felines large and small are "creatures who spend
>most of the time sleeping between brief bursts of activity."
>
>So I'm thinking you could show all 5 hours and 21 minutes of "Sleep", in
>a room filled with sofa and actual cats, so after puzzling over what do
>do with themselves for awhile, instead of getting annoyed and heading to
>the box office in angry mass protest to The Management, the viewers would
>figure they can emulate the cats and sooner or later pretty much the
>whole audience would be sleeping along with John Giorno, curled up on a
>couch like Giorno, but with cuddling kitties, sometimes coming and going
>but mostly sleeping as cats mostly do. Taking the cat cues, they might
>conclude that 'Sleep' is not the title of a 'movie' you 'watch' but might
>be a gentle imperative, like a Yoko Ono instruction, to stage the most
>simple and mundane action as a form of Art. Or not. Either way, they're
>in cat-mode, so it's basically nappy time whenever they feel like it no
>matter what else is going on in the room, and from time to time they'll
>wake up, yawn, stretch, look around a little bit ‹ maybe watch the screen
>for awhile, maybe watch the other people sleeping, maybe think about how
>many hours John Giorno has spent sleeping since 1963, maybe wonder how
>many hours of sleep they'll have before they join Warhol in eternal
>slumber, maybe think about what a room of people sleeping because a
>silent black and white film of a man dozing on a couch can't keep them
>awake means in light of Warhol's claimed intent of documenting sleep for
>historical purposes since no one slept anymore due to the miracles of
>modern chemistry. But, being cat-people for the evening, they wouldn't
>think about those things too long or too hard before slipping back into a
>REM state with a dreamy revelation that the proper nouns 'Walter' "White'
>and 'Warhol' all begin with a 'W'. Then, maybe 90 minutes later, they
>wake up since the man-cat on the next couch is shattering the silence
>with loud irregular apneas and hypopneas because he didn't think to bring
>his C-PAP to a film screening, only, on awakening, they don't dig out
>their cell phones to check how much longer the film is going to run, they
>just realize they're hungry, and the smell of chicken and fish is coming
>from the lobby. So they amble out of the screening room and over to the
>concessions area set up especially for the screening, where they get
>served sashimi and/or poulet kabobs, (or Tuna hot dish if it's at The
>Walker), and at this spot there are benches set up by big picture windows
>where they can sit awhile and watch birds fly back and forth from the
>feeders outside, but the benches aren't that comfy so they head back to
>the couches in the screening room soon enough, tummies full and fall back
>into the rhythm of "Sleep"s sleep. When they wake up again after a big
>orange Maine Coon cat licks some hot-dish off their cheek, they sit up,
>the cat hops onto their lap and starts to purr, they reach down to pet it
>without thinking about it. Then it dawns on them that since they're doing
>the stroking and not getting stroked, their personal cat analogy is
>breaking down, and they start thinking like a human again, but still
>retaining a kind of felinious disposition. Some thoughts that might
>follow: Andy Warhol was like some kind of mutant future-cat, since he
>maintained a feline indifference and inscrutability while never sleeping
>and working constantly; "Sleep" is celluloid-projection-as-cat since it
>has 'bursts of activity' mixed in with the sleeping, and combining the
>two is pretty much the only way to make it from beginning to end (though
>'sleeping' might be more figurative than literal); why am i able to look
>at the screen now for awhile without getting annoyed?; "Sleep" is
>celluloid-projection-as-cat since it's indifference to you is
>nevertheless amiable enough; hmm, I notice most of the other people are
>watching now too, I wonder what they're thinking?; and so on. The film
>ends. The lights come up, and the audience makes its way out through the
>lobby, passing posters with cat adoption info from the local shelters and
>half a dozen monitors of different types and sizes playing the Turn Down
>For What Cat Video on an endless loop.
>(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yfGA6pBFVI) Once the last patron has
>gone, and the program committee is emptying the litter boxes and rounding
>up the cats and putting them back in their carriers, someone will say,
>"Folks, I think we've just set the all-time record for the most people
>who began a screening of 'Sleep' being present at the end." And someone
>else might reply, "Yeah, but Andy might ask 'What fun is that?'" Then
>they get distracted by a tuxedo fighting with a tortie screaming bloody
>murder while a midnight black long-hair rubs against their legs. And when
>they return to the question later, they hear the question Warhol might
>have asked in the deadpan tone with which he would have asked it, which
>wasn't a tone expecting an answer, or maybe suggesting that any answer
>would do. "Sleep" doesn't tell you how to watch it, because it doesn't
>care how you watch it, or how you watch it, or what you think about it,
>or anything else. It just presents you with an experience you probably
>can't process within the headspace you brought into the screening room.
>There must be SOME metaphysical significance to what happens after that,
>but I'm too tired to think about it, and this activity burst has come
>t...   zzzzzzzzz.
>
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