Woody Allen wrote the script for this story about an eccentric psychiatrist (Sellers) and a troubled fashion editor (O’Toole) who’s obsessed with women, whom he calls “pussycats” and keeps reiterating the title to every female he meets.
O’Toole does not count on Sellers’ own hilariously overheated sex-drive and a merry-go-round of the Sixties most beautiful women, including Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress.
Woody Allen was clearly still learning his craft at this point (it was his first film) and even though the film was a box-office smash, he complained that unchecked ad-libbing and a disinclination to excise the mediocre had swamped his material.
Originally planned as a low-key black-and-white affair, it snowballed into a freewheeling star vehicle over which director Clive Donner was not always in total control.
What’s New, Pussycat? is the ultimate Mod confection and features a brilliant pop score by Burt Bacharach.
Doctor Fritz Fassbender