Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward Herrmann), spying through his ship-floor peepholes, plays host to Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst), the movie-star mistress who obsessed him, and Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), the man he suspects she’s having an affair with; also on board are producers, flappers, and Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly). Bogdanovich’s staging is lively in a superficial way, yet The Cat’s Meow has a famous-names-on-parade facileness. Herrmann gives a performance of bullyragging power. B+
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Tilly; Director: Peter Bogdanovich; Author: Steven Peros; Runtime (in minutes): 112; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted April 26 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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