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Cat People

Opens on October 21

Director: Paul Schrader Run Time: 118 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1982

Starring: Ed Begley Jr., John Heard, Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Ruby Dee

Screenwriters: DeWitt BodeenAlan OrmsbyPaul Schrader

Producer: Charles W. Fries

Co-presented by Community Programming Partner Synth History

Paul Schrader sleazes up the classic feline horror fantasy of sublimated sexuality, animalistic desire, and personal transformation. After years of separation, the beautiful Irena and her minister brother, Paul, reunite in New Orleans. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irena is mysteriously drawn to the animal — and the zoo curator is drawn to her. Soon, Irena’s brother will have to reveal the family secret: that they are doomed to morph into monstrous beasts upon sexual arousal. With a Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack from the legendary Giorgio Moroder and a hit song from the late great David Bowie, this film will bring out the wild animal in you.

About the score:
Legendary synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder composed the score for Cat People. Dubbed the “Father of Disco”, Moroder was one of the first to integrate the synthesizer into disco and pop music, laying the groundwork for numerous genres to follow, like synth-pop, new wave, house, and more. Using synthesizers like the Moog modular, he composed the score for numerous films like Scarface, Midnight Express, and The NeverEnding Story. Cat People was the second Paul Schrader film he worked on after American Gigolo. The theme song includes lyrics and vocals by none other than David Bowie. Fun fact: Bowie met with Moroder in July of 1981 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland to record Cat People. During the same session, Bowie ran into the English rock band Queen, who were recording their 1982 album Hot Space. After recording backing vocals for their song “Cool Cat”, the session resulted in the collaboration “Under Pressure”! Before the screening:
A special Moroder-inspired modular synthesizer demonstration from Lance Hill of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum. 
About Synth History:
Synth History encompasses an independent magazine, website and podcast, with a focus on legendary and contemporary music pioneers and the history of electronic music. Founded by Danz CM, the magazine and website have featured exclusive interviews with artists like Trent Reznor, James Murphy, Suzanne Ciani, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Ryuichi Sakamoto, director John Carpenter, Gregg Araki and many more. 

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