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The Difference Between (Dead) Cats and Dogs in Film

Title: The Difference Between (Dead) Cats and Dogs in Film

There is a famous double standard in cinema, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of. With all the talk of inequality in Hollywood today, it’s worth mentioning another (not as serious, but still) double standard that has long gone unaddressed. I refer, of course, to the blatant cinematic asymmetry between the emotional reaction we have to the on-screen deaths of cats versus those we have for dogs. Because, as this video essay from Keyframe demonstrates, while the cinematic demise of every pooch is almost always a cause for tears, a way for directors to…

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