Nastassja Kinski in Cat People (1982)

More of that incredible 1982 nudity


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19 thoughts on “Nastassja Kinski in Cat People (1982)

        1. Cross My Heart. OK, but.

          I like how she looked, all glammed up, better. Her nudity longer, better, too. But, less well-lit, less obviously a redhead, & less shocking her pale, be-freckled skin. Minus the debut-nudity bonus, on top of it. So, it’s not a clear-cut winner, one way or the other.

    1. Hope you don’t do that with every woman. When I look at her, I see one of the most beautiful women ever. She did look better with long hair before Hollywood made her cut it short.

      I also think her father was a very interesting actor even if he was crazy. Being crazy not all that unusual for artistic types.

      1. One of the things I find most disturbing about Klaus Kinski is that he was willing to let his 14-year-old daughter appear fully nude in To the Devil a Daughter (1976). Nastassja was both too young and too old for that if that makes any sense. It’s one thing for a prepubescent child to appear nude in a nonsexual manner, but once puberty has struck, they should be at least 18.

        1. Thora Birch was 16 when she appeared topless in American Beauty. I read that her parents had to be on set for that scene. Of course, her parents were (retired?) porn stars. Did that make them more comfortable with signing off on the scene, or did that make them more protective? To the best of my knowledge that was the only nudity, Thora ever did. I have long wondered how Thora found out what kind of movies her parents made. Did they tell her? Was some kid from her school watching a Deepthroat tape and said, “Hey, that looks like Thora’s Mom?

  1. Cat People is a weird trope I don’t get. The idea of humans who can turn into cats or felines is a (sexual) horror trope that goes back a long time. I heard an old radio show, I believe either Suspense or Escape in the 1940s (or maybe both) that used it.

    I think it has something to do with cats being worshipped in ancient Egypt, but I don’t get the connection between cats and humans like this.

    1. Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure this version of Cat People is a remake of a 1930s or 1940s movie.

      1. There was a 1942 movie called “Cat People”. It was the first of a string of horror movies produced by Val Lewton, and it was directed by Jacques Touneur. Tourneur also directed “Out of the Past” with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer, so he automatically has my respect.

        I saw the 1942 “Cat People” a long time ago, and remember very little about it, which means I did not find it interesting. It is closer to the 1982 movie than I thought, because the plot summary at the IMDB is “An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.”

        Frankly, I enjoyed the 1982 version a LOT more, but the 1942 one was “selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant, so what do I know?

        BTW, the 1982 film has a kick-ass song by David Bowie, “Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline)”.

        1. There was also a sequel to the 1942 version, The Curse of the Cat People (1944). Spoilers for the 1942 film, but in it, Irena dies. Oliver then married Alice and they had a daughter. The Curse of the Cat People is about their now (then?) 6-year-old daughter befriending Irena’s ghost. At least that is what I understand, but I haven’t watched the 1942 or 1944 films.

        2. It was an Escape Radio play from 1948 based on British Author Algernon Blackwood’s 1908 short story called Ancient Sorceries (the Escape episode has the same name.)

          As one person wrote on GoodReads:
          Not one of his strongest stories, but this was the inspiration behind Lewton’s CAT PEOPLE, one of the finest classic Hollywood horror films ever made.

          So, maybe this is where the fascination with people as felines started. I think the musical Cats and probably a whole bunch of other things took this up as well. I still don’t get the connection.

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