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What's New Pussycat (1965)

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Original Title : What's New, Pussycat
Director : Clive Donner
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
USA
Language : English
Producer : Charles K. Feldman , John C. Shepridge , Richard Sylbert
Music : Burt Bacharach
Photography : Jean Badal
Distributor : MGM Home Entertainment [de]
IMDB ID : 0059903
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poster for "What's New Pussycat" by Clive Donner (1965)
What's New Pussycat (1965) - Clive Donner
 

Starring

Peter Sellers Dr. Fritz Fassbender
Peter O'Toole I
Romy Schneider I
Capucine Renee Lefebvre
Paula Prentiss Liz Bien
Woody Allen Victor Shakapopulis
Ursula Andress Rita
Eddra Gale Anna Fassbender (as Edra Gale
Katrin Schaake Jacqueline
Eléonore Hirt Mrs. Sylvia Werner
Jean Parédès Marcel
Jacques Balutin Etienne
Jess Hahn Mr. Werner
Howard Vernon I
Michel Subor Philippe
Sabine Sun Nurse
Nicole Karen Tempest O'Brien
Jacqueline Fogt Charlotte
Daniel Emilfork Gas Station Man
Tanya Lopert Miss Lewis
Barbara Sommers Miss Marks
Robert Rollis Car Renter
Annette Poivre Emma
Richard Saint-Bris Le Maire
Marion Conrad 1st Stripteaser
Maggie Wright 2nd Stripteaser
Marc Arian Bit Part (uncredited
Jean-Yves Autrey Bit Part (uncredited
Rosemary Blake Miss Pringle, Girl in cap and gown (uncredited
Richard Burton I
Jack de Lassartesse Bit Part (uncredited
Georges Douking Bit Part (uncredited
Colin Drake Mental Patient (uncredited
Louis Falavigna Bit Part (uncredited
Gordon Felio Bit Part (uncredited
Marcel Gassouk Bit Part (uncredited
Françoise Hardy I
Roberta Jones I
Louise Lasser The Nutcracker (uncredited
Edouard F. Médard Bit Part (uncredited
Nadine Papin Bit Part (uncredited
Norbert Terry Bit Part (uncredited
Pascal Wolf Bit Part (uncredited
 

Plot

Michael James, a notorious womanizer, desperately wants to be faithful to his fiancée Carole, but runs into serious problems since every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. His psychoanalist Dr. Fassbender can't help him either since he's busy courting one of his patients who in turn longs for Michael. A catastrophy appears on the horizon as all the characters check into the Chateau Chantelle hotel for the weekend not knowing of each other's presence.
 

Comments

This film is so sixties you can't believe it, from its eye-popping colours to the sight of Peter O'Toole and pals dancing OTT to Manfred Mann's 'Little Red Book'. O'Toole plays Michael James, a sex-mad fashion magazine editor who takes his troubles to a sex-mad psychiatrist (the amusingly bats Peter Sellers, in a Richard III wig and tight costumes), and shares neuroses with his weedy friend Woody Allen (who scripted this hit and miss movie). There are some excellent bits - Romy Schneider, as Michael's fiancée and number one girlfriend, Carole, runs a language class which pitches in on a quarrel she has with him ('Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye' - 'You're all parrots!), Michael has nightmares where Sellers appears as, yup, Richard III, and all his girlfriends converge on him like a swarm of ants, Sellers plans a Viking funeral suicide (swathed in the Union Jack) but is interrupted by Allen dining al fresco for his birthday, O'Toole assists Sellers in a Cyrano de Bergerac style wooing, and there is frentic chase involving go-karts towards the end of the film. All this and the opera-shrilling psychiatrist's wife. And a lot of potted plants. Fun food for the eyes really and a no-brainer, but 'What's New Pussycat?' is fun, off-the-wall, and requires no real attention span. O'Toole was certainly right for the part and of course, there is always Tom Jones' famous theme song and the cartoon credits with a chorus line of pussycats ...
 
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