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What's New, Pussycat? - 1965
Quoi de neuf, Pussycat?
Was gibt's Neues, Pussy?
Run Time: 108 minutes
Meanwhile, Allen himself has a minor role as Sellers' friend, who is in love with Romy Schneider, one of the women who wants Sellers to marry her. So Sellers, Allen and O'Toole all want Prentiss, although all three of them lust after scores of other beautiful women over the course of the movie. Allen ends up with the usually-near nude Ursula Andress, who is described in the film as "a close personal friend of James Bond."
out of 5 stars
Woody Allen's first movie screenplay.Reviewer: Lucas Everidge September 20, 2010
What's New Pussycat is a rich mix of swinging Sixties culture and contemporary lunacy served up in a Playboy Club cocktail by screenwriter Woody Allen. This actually was his very first film script, which ended up getting edited to pieces by director Clive Donner.
The film turns into a collection of truly beautiful people: Peter O'Toole in the lead role as a compulsive womanizer, who hopelessly torn between beauties Romy Schneider and Ursula Andress. Blowing the movie's hipness quotient off the scale is Peter Sellers who runs around as Dr. Fassbender, a living sixties cipher of Dr. Sigmund Freud.
Salted into what becomes a perpetually confused stew are several nice Burt Bacharach songs, notably the title sung by Welsh crooner Tom Jones which received an Academy Award nomination. The ingredients are there, but it's evident early on that there's not any chemistry. Actually on a certain level, it's all fun. (It certainly is better than Casino Royale.)
Watching this movie today it appears that no one seems really in control of the movie. Perhaps this makes it a perfect lens into Swinging Sixties London.
Gross:$8.7 million (rentals)
Release Date: June 22, 1965 (USA), October 8, 1965 (West Germany) January 27, 1966 (Sweeden), January 14, 1966 (Finland)
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