Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Jamie Demetriou, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Hayley Squires, Stacy Martin, Julian Barratt, Sharon Rooney, Aimee Lou Wood, Adeel Akhtar, Sophia Di Martino, Olivier Richters, Olivia Colman, Nick Cave, Taika Waititi, Richard Ayoade
Amazon Prime bio-drama directed by Will Sharpe. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) centers on the true story of eccentric artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even surreal and psychedelic pictures, helped to transform the public’s perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow Wain as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world, and in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Man on Train: Are you an illustrator?
Louis Wain: Yes.
Man on Train: You’re very muddy.
Louis Wain: I was attacked by a one and a half ton bull.
Man on Train: Oh.
Sir William Ingram: [to Wain] I am prepared to offer you a staff position.
Sir William Ingram: You capture something of a cat. Perhaps because you yourself are an outcast.
Louis Wain: I do it to provide for the five hungry and precocious sisters that I live at home with. And we’ve had a governess.
Emily Richardson-Wain: I think you’re the first person to see that cats are ridiculous, frightened, and brave. Like us.
Louis Wain: Miss Richardson has had an incredibly positive effect on this family.
Louis Wain: Were you painting something?
Emily Richardson-Wain: [as Wain notices her self-portrait] Is something funny, Mr. Wain?
Louis Wain: Not at all.
Max Kase: [to Wain] You’re catman.
Woman: Cat man.
H.G. Wells: A whole cat world.
Louis Wain: They will turn blue, and communicate with us in our own language.
Judith: Did you say that they would turn blue?
Louis Wain: Yes, of course.
Emily Richardson-Wain: [to Wain] What’s going on in that funny little head of yours?
Wain’s Friend: Okay, Louie, I’m worried about you.
Louis Wain: Electricity. I feel electricity.
Doctor: Mr. Wain, I have been called here because your sister was concerned for your health.
Caroline Wain: [to Wain] You have squandered it on wretched cats! And on a willful, doomed, tainted romance!
Sir William Ingram: [to Wain] How you’ve managed to conjure images of such delight, at such a dark time, I don’t know
Emily Richardson-Wain: Just remember, however hard things get, however much you feel like you’re struggling, the world is full of beauty, and it’s up to you to capture it, Louie. And to share it with as many people as you can.