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Online Seminar: Cat People (1942)

Online Seminar: Cat People (1942)


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 / 07:30 pm

Hannah Jack, a writer for Turner Classic Movies, leads a live discussion on Cat People (1942).

Serbian-born New Yorker Irina Dobrovna (Simone Simon) believes that she is descended from the fabled cat people of her home village, who are said to have dabbled in witchcraft after being enslaved. While this doesn’t interfere much with her every-day life, it has potentially lethal consequences when it comes to her love life. Irina believes that she will turn into a panther when she becomes aroused. She is successfully wooed into marriage by marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), who wants to help Irina overcome this fear. However, the situation gets hairy when he starts to fall for another woman.

Where to watch this film: Rent on Amazon, Apple

Registration is for the discussion only and does not include the film.

Hannah Jack is a writer for Turner Classic Movies, scripting the introductions to movies that air on the network, delivered by TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz, Dave Karger, and Jacqueline Stewart. Hannah has also written hosted introductions for films on HBO Max, FilmStruck, and classic movies screened in theaters around the country as part of the TCM Fathom Events Big Screen Classics Series. In 2014, Hannah appeared on the network to introduce a film of her choice with TCM's original host, Robert Osborne. Hannah is also an author of young adult fiction and a tenured NYC public school teacher. In 2013, she served as the founding English teacher of a new vocational high school in Manhattan and chaired the English department in the school's first four years. In 2018, Hannah returned to her native Bucks County, and she's thrilled to be able to bring her film and teaching expertise to the Renew Theaters community, including the County Theater, where she cultivated her love of movies as a kid.

This talk is a program of DEEP FOCUS, a virtual film discussion series lead by film industry experts and scholars. Access is free for Majestic Members. Email for member access.