Its the story of Michael James, womanizer. (Peter O'Toole) He is trying to be faithful to his fiance, Carole, so he goes to see analyst Dr. Fritz Fassbender (Peter Sellers) to help him stop cheating on his girlfriend.
It's perfectly clear from the beginning of the movie that Dr. Fassbender is completely insane. He cuts the session short because he can't bear to hear about Michael's sex life. So then we meet Victor, Woody Allen, who is completely to blame for the existence of this film in the first place.
Allen doesn't act so much as he plays the character of a short, insecure, neurotic Jewish man whenever one is required for a film. So then we meet Carole Werner, Michael's fiance, played by the lovely Romy Schneider...
Carole is a sweet, beautiful idiot. Michael does a very poor job of concealing his philandering from her. She must be blind not to see it as a huge red flag, but she's set on marrying Michael. They fight about it a lot.
The story is told as a series of interrelated vignettes. Michael walks out on a fight with Carole and then we cut to Michael in a strip club. There, he has an awkward encounter with Dr. Fritz Fassbender and then he picks up a stripper. An American expatriate named Liz Bien (Paula Prentiss), an armchair activist hippie prone to nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts. Also, she's bat-shit-crazy.
...and weeps with him. "Why does everyone have so much trouble with being in love, Victor? It never seems to work out. You love me and I love Michael and....*sobsob*......Oh, Victor I'm so mixed up!"
And so she decides to get drunk and go over to Victor's place....and get drunker. The scene ends with her passed out on the bed, falling on the floor and Victor awkwardly sleeping alone.
Back to Michael and his Crazy Stripper.......
|Sorry, Michael. You pretty much had that coming.|
|This man is a genius.|
It's only a matter of time before Carole catches them at it.....
And so they pretend to be the happy couple to please her parents. Meanwhile, Victor interrupts Dr. Fassbender's suicide/viking funeral in the Seine by asking for psychological advice.
|don't worry about it. just go with it. you'll love the movie more if you do.|
|whatever makes her happy.|
The next few scenes involve everyone in the film deciding to go to Chateau Chantal for the weekend. Michael believes that he will be having a quiet, relaxing weekend away from all his problems, (ok, "problems") but he is gravely mistaken. A female skydiver, Ursula Andress, falls out of the sky and lands in Michael's car. What horrible luck.
|She's a nymphomaniac too.|
And then Carole shows up and things get ugly. And then everyone shows up for an orgy.
And then there is a guy with a bomb. And the police get called.
Suddenly the orgy is abandoned so that they can have a face off with the cops.
Seriously, don't even worry about the rest of the movie. If you made it this far, you're probably having a good time.
What's New Pussycat 1965
Directed By: Clive Donner
Written By: Woody Allen
Starring: Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Cappucine, Paula Prentiss, Woody Allen
Music by: Burt Bacharach
Running Time: 108 minutes
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