Item #2657 [Cat People]. Paul Schrader, Nastassja Kinski, Malcom McDowell.

[Cat People]. [Japanese One-Sheet Movie Poster]

[N.p. n.p., 1982]. One-sheet poster (measures 28.5" x 20").

"THEY ARE SOMETHING MORE THAN LOVERS WHO ARE ABOUT TO BECOME SOMETHING LESS THAN HUMAN." One-sheet poster for the Japanese release of American filmmaker and "provocateur par excellence" Paul Schrader's Cat People (1982), starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. Taking a self-imposed respite from the throes of personal filmmaking (Blue Collar, Hardcore, as well as writing credits on Taxi Driver and Raging Bull), Schrader decided he would try his hand remaking Jacques Tourneur's quick and moody werecat horror film of the same name from 1942. Although the film is credited as being based on DeWitt Bodeen's original screenplay, the similarities between the homonymous films are relatively slim, and Schrader later regretted using the title as it meant many judged the film unfairly against the original. Replete with erotic awakenings, explicit sex, incest anxiety, on-screen nudity, and other flavors of perversity (which Schrader blames on his obsession with leading lady Kinski, barely 20 years old when shooting began), the lurid and surprisingly existential revamp is both very 80s and very, very Schrader. Notably, it boasts a soundtrack by Italian composer and "father of disco" Giorgio Moroder, including the title song for the film, "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)," which he co-wrote with David Bowie; its initial recording from 1981 has been called "the finest of Bowie's recordings of the 1980s" (Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie). Text in Japanese. Poster size B2. Fine. Item #2657


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