The White Cat
A Scott Shaw Zen Acid Flick.
Ascent into the next evolution of Zen Filmmaking, the Non-Narrative Zen Film...
Step into the abstract realms of reality with the Scott Shaw Zen Film, The White Cat. A colorful, mind-bending, passageway into transcendental consciousness.
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Opening with two Persian cats, it's symbolic the white one is in a puce pet porter. The juxtaposition of the color white (innocence and virtue) with puce (an earthy, base tone) sets the stage for a consideration of Shaw's grand schema: he explains that this movie is the evolution of his self-proclaimed system of "Zen filmmaking", the non-narrative Zen film, which is perhaps why he refers to it as a "Scott Shaw Zen Acid Flick". There's no need for drugs when you watch this brilliant non-linear film about the individual realities of the three cats, as the film itself is simultaneously stimulating and hypnotic. All three cats turn in brilliant performances by Shaw standards, and the symbolism and poetry of motion are evident in every ethereal frame of the film. I was pleased at the open-ended conclusion that left the astonished audience wondering if the white cat would ever escape its puce pet carrier, paralleling man's questioning of what goes on beyond the physical plane.
Watch it over and over again until you understand it all.