Documentary Movie Review: The Private Life of a Cat (1947) #atozchallenge


Welcome to Panorama of the Mountains! My name is Liam and I enjoy watching documentary movies.  This month I will be reviewing 26 documentaries from A-to-Z!

Documentaries starting with the letter Documentaries starting with the letter P that I have previously reviewed include: 

Title:  The Private Life of a Cat
Release Date: 1946 or 1947?
Director: Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren
Production Company: A Film Publishers Release
Summary/Review: This short documentary details a few weeks in the life of a pair of house cats and their newborn kittens in a Greenwich Village apartment.  The birth of the five kittens is a major portion of the film, and then we see them cared for by mama cat and learning to walk and play.  I watched a silent version of this film (apparently there is one with narration that I could not find) and it felt like watching old home movies.  Except Hammid and Deren have some filmic touches such as filming from a low angle as if to provide a cats eye view.

Rating: ***1/2

Note: I usually embed a trailer, but in this case the entire 22-minute film can be found below.  It’s nice to see that The Private Life of a Cat is on YouTube along with all the other many modern cat videos.