“Private Life of a Cat,” a Rare Black & White Short From 1947

These days it might seem like the Internet’s obsession with cats is some kind of new modern phenomenon, but people’s fascination with cats has existed long before media companies started capitalizing off it. Private Life of a Cat, a 1947 silent film directed by husband/wife filmmaking team Alexander Hammid & Maya Deren, is a short documentary about a cat who gives birth to kittens. At 20 minutes long and with no sound, the video might be branded as “experimental,” but there’s hardly anything strange about it. What we have here is the true mystique of cats, presented without comedy or gimmicks, that showcases all the subtle quirks that make them so unique. We also just really like cat videos.

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