Private Life of a Cat
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RECORDS FEMALE CAT & HER 5 KITTENS AS MOTHER CAT APPROACHES LABOR, KITTENS ARE BORN & OBTAIN MILK & MOTHER CAT THEN CARES FOR THEM IN LEARNING & GROWING PROCESS, IN WHICH TOM CAT OCCASIONALLY PARTICIPATES.
DOMESTIC ANIMALS CATS KITTENS PREGNANCY BIRTH MILK LACTATION MAMMALS
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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Subject: A very charming look at a cat family
Subject: Cats are better than people tho
C.R.E.A.M. yo, Cats Rule Everything Around Me.
Cats Not Brats.
For the Glory of Bastet!!!
Subject: By bored & boring for boring & bored
"dogs are great actors when trained, but cats are natural stars" - said some furry fetishist below. Wake up puss lover! Can you name one actual cat star as famous as Rin Tin Tin, Spike, Skippy or Beethoven? No? I though so. See, dogs can actually act and convey emotions, while cats just loiter about looking bored... which is boring for any regular viewer.
The disappointment is even bigger as I expected to see a bit of Maya Deren's genius in it, and it's just not there. This cat tripe just doesn't compare to her other films.
Subject: beautiful work
Subject: A Rowring Good Time
Subject: Great Hammid Cinematography
Love the cinematography by Czechoslovakian-born filmmaker Alexandr Hackenschmied, aka Alexander Hammid, aka Hackensmid. The tone and texture, as usual in his work, is as smooth as 35mm ASA 12 portrait film.
After seeing his work as cinematographer on the 1941 documentary film "The Forgotten Village" (Screenplay by John Steinbeck, narration by Burgess Meridith) and entranced by his style, I very recently began private research on this man and found Mr. Hackenschmied comes to us under more names than an Internet sockpuppet (Sasha, buddy, where ya been all my life?). In "The Forgotten Village," he is credited as Alexander Hackensmid. In others, such as his early work in Czechoslovakia, he goes under an earlier name, Alexandr Hackenschmied. According to IMDB, his birth name was Alexander Siegfried Georg Smahel.
He was known as an avant-garde filmmaker and most of his American work was under the name of Alexander Hammid. This guy is great. I'm looking everywhere for his work. So far, I've found very little on the net for a person with such a large body of work. Wikipedia (written and maintained by his daughter, Julia) and IMDB are mournfully lacking in personal biographical details for such a interesting, fine artist.
I mean, c'mon, Julia. Where did he live after his arrival in '38? The Village? Connecticut? Did he arrive as a refugee (That was the year Hitler invaded the Sudenten)? If so, how did he get out? Did he have residuals coming in, or was he broke? Did he have help from an organization? Who did he hang with in Czechoslovakia? In America? Was there a circle of artists he preferred? Who were his lovers and wives? How did he get on The Forgotten Village team, did Steinbeck or Burgess suggest him? Did he hang with them later? What was his personal politics/philosophy?
Subject: Feline Domesticity
Subject: my kitteh sez
Subject: This is why I'm feline-centric
The wisdom (or "instincts") of animals is impressive.
Subject: A must have
Subject: This is great.
Subject: cat people must see!
all in all good show.
Subject: Cat Family
Subject: Another cat-related short you might like
Subject: Licking Lesson #1
media juggernaut. I am a foster parent of abandoned and feral cats in Okanogan County , Washington. These cats are lucky they have such a safe, controlled environment to do their thing in. I was happy to see how Papa cat acted throughout the process. I never get to see Daddy w/ his kittens or his reactions in the work we do. What a gentleman! I have 4 beautiful kittens and a feral mama cat in my bedroom as I type. I trapped and rescued @ week 2 from an abandoned barn where I maintain 1 of my feral cat food/water stations--now we are starting week 5. As much fun as a barrel of monkeys!! Most of these kittens would not make it past the 6 month mark in the wild before meeting a tragic end, statiscally. SPAY and NEUTER!!!!! Your local Abandoned Cat Team and Shelters ALWAYS NEEDS $$$$ and volunteers to facilitate the rescue, feeding, vet costs, and the numerous others $$ and time involved in maintaining an organization that aids these forgotten and neglected animals. It is ironic that in the end male and female unite again and come back full-circle in the film....in reality, mama cat WILL be in heat again 4-6 weeks after pregnancy if not spayed. Does she really want or need to do this all over again that soon? Especially in the wild--more work than her or the kittens usually have proper nutrition for! Multiply that by the amount the kittens and offspring will have and VOILA!--way too m any cats! Support you LOCAL HUMANE TRAP, NEUTER, RELEASE programs in your area!!!! If you love cats--VOLUNTEER LOCALLY!!!! www.spcaonline.com for more links to helping out cats in your local area.
Subject: correction to previous review by Marysz from July 14, 2004
"It could be that Deren did a lot of the filming and Hammid edited the final footage."
I can assure you that it is the other way around. Maya had the ideas and Sasha did the camera (and editing) work. Take a look at his later films and you will see the consistent, strong cinematography for which he became so well known.
Subject: What a treat!!
Send this to friends. Cat lovers must see this fine film! An EPIC...even if it is kitty porn.
Ok, so am I the first one on here to use this bad joke?
Subject: Essential viewing for all cat fanciers
Subject: Great Film
Subject: A rare film
There's several other films (educational and promotional) in the collection where Hammid is credited as a cameraman, editor or director, and all are worth watching. There's an excellent book (in german, though the long interview with Hammid is in english!) on him, TRIBUTE TO SASHA, published by the Austrian film critic and historian Michael Omasta (ISBN 3-901644-08-3). When preparing the book and a Hammid show in Austria we drew heavily on the Prelinger Collection to see some of these films for the very first time.
life of new kittens.
i'm impressed by how instictive the behaviour of the cats seem to be (even if some of the segments are have potential for a bit of being staged).
overall, a great watch!
Subject: Are you retarded?
Any guesses? No?
Subject: How many news sources are there?
Subject: Very Touching
In fact my latest addition to my kitty collection came from a barn. He was rescued, neutered, given his shots and landed with me. This film depicted a much kinder situation as compared to barns that are never heated.
I really enjoyed this film and am glad it has been added to the Prelinger Collection. I can't believe it is only instinct that drives the maternal caring the mother provides to her kittens in this film or otherwise. I really think Love makes the world go round.
Subject: An Interesting Experiment
It's interesting to think of this film as also experimental, although in a much more modest and true-to-everyday-life way. It seeks to be true to its title, and penetrates farther into the real world of the housecat than any film I've ever seen-- and I should know, I live with no less than FIVE of the furry little bastards!
The total absense of any soundtrack seems to serve this end, since cats do not make music, and, as far as we know, do not comprehend music.
The photography is wonderful, but does the film really show us anything that we can't see from paying close attention to our own pets? I'm not sure. Worth a look.
Subject: IMPOSSIBLY cute.
Subject: Cats are undeniably cool
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