The Cat Has Nine Lives
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96 Pages

19 x 13.3 cm

Series: Camden House German Film Classics

Imprint: Camden House

The Cat Has Nine Lives

by Hester Baer

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Restores the first German feminist film, long neglected, to its rightful status as a classic forebear of more recent cinefeminism, demonstrating that the film is as relevant today as it was upon its 1968 release.
Acclaimed as postwar Germany's first feminist film, Ula Stöckl's The Cat Has Nine Lives disappeared from view shortly after its 1968 premiere when its distributor went bankrupt. Although it laid the groundwork for the flourishing feminist cinema that emerged in West Germany and beyond during the 1970s, Stöckl's vibrant film long remained largely unknown. Yet it is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it debuted half a century ago. Revived at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), The Cat Has Nine Lives is now available for the first time on DVD with English subtitles. Posing the question, "Women have never had as many possibilities to do what they want as they have today, but do they know what they want?," Stöckl's film follows the intertwined stories of five characters to explore the possibilities for and limitations on women's subjectivity, desire, friendship, work, and artistic expression in a society defined by gender inequality. Restoring this singular film to its rightful place as a German film classic, Hester Baer argues that The Cat Has Nine Lives forms an important aesthetic and theoretical precursor to the unfolding cinefeminism of later decades.
Acknowledgments
In the Driver's Seat
First Feminist Film
1968 and German History
"Power-War-Love"
Creating the New German Feature Film
Language
Colors
The Mythical Circe
Feminist Representation and Documentary Style
Alternative Imaginaries
Plant Life
Endings
Credits
Notes

HESTER BAER is Professor of German Studies at the University of Maryland, where she is a core faculty member in the Cinema and Media Studies and Comparative Literature programs and an affiliate in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Title Details

96 Pages

1.9 x 1.33 cm

Series: Camden House German Film Classics

Imprint: Camden House