Cat People script
Cat People (1982)
Synopsis: Cat People is a 1982 American erotic horror film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. Alan Ormsby wrote the screenplay, basing it loosely on the story by DeWitt Bodeen, the screenwriter for the acclaimed original 1942 Cat People. Giorgio Moroder composed the film's score, including the theme song which features lyrics and vocals by David Bowie


I'm not an artist, really... not a

real artist...just a sketch artist

for fashion drawings.

She has picked up the drawing and is holding it in her hand

with its back toward Oliver, who extends his hand.


May I see it?

Irena smiles but shakes her head as she tears the drawing

about two-thirds of the way through, dropping it face down

upon the pavement.


Oh, no. It's not good. If I let you

see it, you might not want to know

any artists...ever.


I'm afraid it would have to be

pretty bad to do that. Besides,

look... (pointing to a drawing she

had dropped, quoting in a mocking


"Let no one say, and say it to

your shame..."

Irena laughs and starts to pick up the paper, but a gust of

wind blows it down the promenade. She turns to Oliver and

shrugs her shoulders. She starts to fold up her campstool.

Oliver comes forward to offer his assistance. At the same

time the organ-grinder passes between them and the camera,

playing "Aida" on his hand organ. Oliver asks Irena if he may

help her, but the music is so loud she cannot hear him. He

assists Irena in gathering up her things. He takes the

campstool, and Irena carries her artist's portfolio. They

start toward the avenue together.

CLOSE SHOT of the torn drawing as a little wind, carrying

with it some autumn leaves, picks up the paper again and

blows it over and over up the promenade. The torn half of

the drawing falls over into place, so we see what Irena had

been drawing. It is a smart fashion sketch of the type seen

in Vogue or Harper's Bazaar, but the face of the model is the

blunt mask of a black panther, and the hands protruding from

the sleeves are tipped with feline talons. The CAMERA HOLDS

on the drawing.

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DeWitt Bodeen

DeWitt Bodeen (July 25, 1908, Fresno, California — March 12, 1988, Los Angeles, California) was a film screenwriter and television writer best known for writing Cat People (1942). more…

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