Why the Music in Cats (2019) is Worse than you Thought

  • Am Vor 4 Monate

    SidewaysSideways

    Dauer: 1:04:43

    Due to a manual copyright claim by UMG (that I'm still working to resolve) some of the music in this video is either muted or replaced with some of the most hilarious stock music DE-film would let me use.
    If you'd like to see what this video was supposed to look/sound like, you can check it out here:
    de-film.com/v-video-dL4n6GVxCM8.html

    In this video I freak out about Cats holding hands
    Twitter: twitter.com/Sideways440
    Twitch: www.twitch.tv/sideways440
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/Sideways440

    Also, I'd like to make a special mention of Catilin Koi's video "Let's Talk About CATS".
    I wish I'd done my job a little better and found this video before I made my own, and cited her multiple times because she does a MUCH better job than I do at explaining the plot to the original stage version of Cats, especially everything with Grizabella at the end of the show.
    if anything about this video has made you excited about learning about the original Cats then I cannot recommend her video enough
    de-film.com/v-video-G3bJJtkX0jQ.html

    Sources:
    The article penned by the audio leads on Cats
    I cannot overstate how much of a fascinating read this is, you owe it to yourself to read it!
    www.local695.com/magazine/cats-part-2/
    Part 1 of the above article with some interesting insights to the film industry
    (I liked the part where they lucked out with the forehead-mounted mics not interfering with the dancers' somersaults)
    www.local695.com/magazine/mixing-live-singing-vocals-on-cats/
    Luciano Berio's Sequenza III performed by Laura Catrani (I love this performance!)
    de-film.com/v-video-E0TTd2roL6s.html
    catsmusical.fandom.com/wiki/The_Old_Gumbie_Cat
    because of course Cats has it's own wiki
    The Toronto Star article about the Orchestra having to work up to 2 months before the film released
    www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2019/11/19/dont-judge-cats-film-by-its-trailer-says-canadian-music-producer-greg-wells.html
    John Cage's Water Walk
    de-film.com/v-video-gXOIkT1-QWY.html
    The Greenport Peter Pan Fiasco
    de-film.com/v-video-1_kx3byv8ow.html
    Maria Joao Pires prepared a different Mozart concerto to the one that was performed
    de-film.com/v-video-fS64pb0XnbI.html
    The same thing happened to pianist Tianxu An in the finals of a Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019
    de-film.com/v-video-UOUSFNgEy7c.html
    Ray Chen breaks a string during a performance (and the concertmaster doesn't flinch when he has to swap violins like a pro)
    de-film.com/v-video-686xoeQAVA4.html
    The metal pole modern dance thing that we've all seen a million times
    de-film.com/v-video-UueJK_HGn2o.html
    If I've missed anything please let me know
    Seriously, if I've used a clip from your video in this video and I haven't put it here please contact me!

hvip4
hvip4

44:57 I lost it on: MIIIIIIIIIILK

Vor 38 Minuten
Carl Manvers
Carl Manvers

58:45 I would have equally have loved this... And been confused by it growing up. Mercifully my choree never did this. Even though now I feel like I have missed out in some way.

Vor 3 Stunden
Rg Bb
Rg Bb

Oh God the OG cats(amazing vocals) is so weird but the movie just on another level😂😂😂 *If you like any of those two you're probably a furry.*

Vor 3 Stunden
Jon Alexander
Jon Alexander

Can we all just agree Tom Hooper needs his Oscar taken away. Just retro actively give it to David Fincher

Vor 5 Stunden
Evan Butler
Evan Butler

Random music during parts of the video? Is that copyright protection orrrr

Vor 6 Stunden
Evan Butler
Evan Butler

Like I'm rewatching and those weren't here last time

Vor 6 Stunden
DJ Timo
DJ Timo

I still love "that's nice" "BRRRRRRRRRRR"

Vor 7 Stunden
Boris Indigo
Boris Indigo

By the end of this video, it sounds like you were about to collapse due to high blood pressure.

Vor 8 Stunden
Ruth Mary Heidel
Ruth Mary Heidel

yeah the disrespect that poor orchestra got in both Les Mis and here. I can't even imagine lmao

Vor 9 Stunden
CSGmediaproductions
CSGmediaproductions

I was enjoying the video, then you through in Ninja Sex Party and my enjoyment reached new heights. Thank you.

Vor 11 Stunden
Justin Montana
Justin Montana

What I've learned from this is that I need to watch the original recording of Cats

Vor 11 Stunden
Michael M
Michael M

YouTube went snip snip but only with the 2019 songs after the second half into the video... Why is the Algorithm protecting the garbage music only now?

Vor 12 Stunden
Tirill
Tirill

Anyone else having moments where the talking is cut off by really loud music for a few seconds before it comes back? Because it sounds like he was explaining something there, but all I hear is the music, almost like elevator music, one example being when he's talking about the click track issues at around 50 minutes into it

Vor 17 Stunden
Skye Mitchell
Skye Mitchell

My sister and mum love this film. So everytime they watch it, I watch this

Vor 17 Stunden
Atraira
Atraira

oh geez the last third of this video has gotten muted and audio replaced to shit, that's seriously a crime

Vor 22 Stunden
Amanda Knight
Amanda Knight

Why are all the gandalf points completely soundless?

Vor 23 Stunden
Malene Jensen
Malene Jensen

Am I the only one who hear mistakes in cuts of this video?

Vor Tag
Chris Buchanan
Chris Buchanan

This video is the best music teacher I ever had.

Vor Tag
Carolina Ortiz
Carolina Ortiz

Really missed the opportunity of making Butthole The CGI Cat the protagonist for the film but alas

Vor Tag
Ziomaletto
Ziomaletto

"Victoria's addition to the film, I think it's the worst thing I've ever seen in an adaptation" Resident Evil fans: First time?

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Roni2013
Roni2013

Oh yeah Daddy, that's a real toe tapper 😌🤗😁🤣

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Elena Peake
Elena Peake

Because the critics decided to tell you that while sniffing their rings in the bathroom before the show. Good job, sheep.

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Grain Death
Grain Death

oh god the aside on how bad les mis was, im curled up in a ball on the floor listening to the conducter talking about how the downbeat is faster but beats 3 and 4 is slower

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Grain Death
Grain Death

oh it's gotten worse one minute later

Vor Tag
Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

A play with no real story, based on a book of poetry. no surprise there.

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Spock Kirk
Spock Kirk

I've never seen cats. I don't even like musicals....I'm very offended by this movie now

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Madama
Madama

I love hearing someone knowledgeable in their subject talk about bad examples of that subject. I have a venomous hatred for this movie because of how much it shits on the creative vision of another person but I have so much more understanding of why I feel that way.

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MeeMoshi
MeeMoshi

I will protect the original play by all means possible

Vor Tag
Chris Dio Wight
Chris Dio Wight

Everyone was praying for Tom Hooper to see this. Well, looks like he did, and now half of the video is silenced due to copyright...

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S.L. The Coffee Addict
S.L. The Coffee Addict

Jesus youtube you butchered this video essay.

Vor Tag
Anika Grace
Anika Grace

Coming back to watch this video and seeing all the spaces where it got copyright claimed is like walking into a town, picking up a worn poster blown by the wind into your foot, and looking into the middle distance like “something bad happened here...”

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Razzlewolfflight
Razzlewolfflight

I’ll admit I don’t know much about anything that you’re explaining, but what they did to this movie sounds like a nightmare.

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Chloe Caley
Chloe Caley

The only good scene (imo) is Skimbleshanks

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Chloe Caley
Chloe Caley

I hate the people who complain about cats having no plot. Like, yeah. That's right. That's the goddamn point.

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Cassandra Staub
Cassandra Staub

): so much of the audio in this vid got cut ):

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C Lee CallahanNYC
C Lee CallahanNYC

I agree the CGI film is awful! This reviewer forgets to mention that the whole show is taken from TS Elliott’s Children’s book called “Old Possums Book of Practical Cats” The book is wonderfully charming and fun. Lloyd Weber’s score compliments the book and Elliott’s poetry just right. This review is an interesting POV but it’s misguided comparing the libretto to Disney animation musical plots. The show shouldn’t work but the stage show works. The elements of the whole production of the stage show. The book is whimsical, the score carries the show, but it’s a children’s poetry book. The show is a pastiche of many themes told through a fantasy of cats personality. If the reviewer made better comparisons to the stage version vers how bad this new CGI film is just completely off and wrong! I agree with the fact the film is just awful. I just feel the reviewer is way to literal and dare I say “Woke”! He just didn’t get the stage show and just went on a rant. Cats show affection by brushing or rubbing against their owners or other cats. To state its sexual in a human sense is just really digging a hole looking for a hidden treasure and there’s none there! Come on this is so over the top a review! Digging when there’s nothing there in a neurotic rant is just crazy and obnoxious.

Vor 2 Tage
imaginado
imaginado

Well... where I think you are wrong (or if not wrong per se, at least it seems to me you are leaving an important aspect of the show) is that you seem to neglect the fact that most songs besides "Memory" are not characters singing about themselves ("I am" songs), but rather characters singing about EACH OTHER. And this makes all the difference in the world: It's a celebration of their community. A recognition of their uniqueness between their peers! An acknowledgment of "the other" inside the community. And this is beautiful. This also makes it more poignant and significant that Grizabella is the outcast and is the only one who is not part of the community and WANTS to be part of it. BTW: why is it so hard for people to understand that, clearly, in their vision is not about dying (something we tend to see as negative) but renewal, or some other change to another plane of dimension that is clearly desirable?

Vor 2 Tage
Elanor Menzel
Elanor Menzel

I can't get over the fact that when he's talking about the issues with Misto's song, he uses the phase "baiting the audience" over footage of *checks notes* Musical!Mistoffelees dancing around Rum Tum Tugger with a rainbow scarf. W-was this intentional? 32:56

Vor 2 Tage
KittyKat5090
KittyKat5090

this was in 2019?????

Vor 2 Tage
Kat T
Kat T

Regarding the some of the cast changes. ” Jemima originated in the London production, but the same role was renamed Sillabub on Broadway so as to avoid any negative racial connotations. "Sillabub" has since become the preferred name for the character outside of Europe. In these productions, the name "Jemima" may instead be given to a female ensemble dancer, if used at all.” From the Wikipedia

Vor 2 Tage
Anna Pajak
Anna Pajak

Your amazing 😉

Vor 2 Tage
Anna Pajak
Anna Pajak

I freaking love you. Xxx❤️😀

Vor 2 Tage
Ciel Morningstar
Ciel Morningstar

Fun fact, this is one of the first movie musicals I ever watched. I freaking love the movie (the old one) and grew up watching it. The first time I went to see Into the Woods (my now favorite musical), Ken Page, the great Old Deuteronomy himself, was the Narrorator. I screamed and my aunt was so confused.

Vor 2 Tage
Aaron Ives
Aaron Ives

It could be always be worse! They could say hey let do a wicked film adaption, Hey hoppers done Les Miséranles and Cats! He'll be perfect! 🤣

Vor 2 Tage
Clarion Clear
Clarion Clear

It makes me mad that YT and UMC made you silence the audio in the second half of the video where the most music critique happens... Which, as a musician who has played in the pit for musicals and operas, would be the fairest use of fair uses I've seen. Like... It's infuriating and ridiculous. I really want to hear the things he's critiquing just like you'd be able to see or watch whatever the speaker is critiquing. It's just so infuriating. I really really appreciate your work, Sideways.

Vor 2 Tage
William Ladd
William Ladd

You Tube's interruptions do not spoil your presentations: they are merely mosquitos buzzing in the grand opera.

Vor 2 Tage
Andria Bieber Designs
Andria Bieber Designs

I had no idea that’s what cat was about that sounds really depressing

Vor 2 Tage
Jonah Falcon
Jonah Falcon

For Skimbleshanks, the opening refrain is set to a tricky 13/8 time signature with a tempo of 98 beats per minute ("lively"). As the patter verses begin, the meter shifts to 4/4 and the tempo speeds up to 144 beats per minute ("vivace"). The meter reverts back to 13/8 every time the refrain is revisited. That's why the dancers probably said "fuck this noise, give us the fucking BEAT." And yes, the film version of Skimbleshanks is actually better than the stage version.

Vor 2 Tage
Nemamka
Nemamka

How did the make the hottest performance so fucking flat I swear WHY 53:00

Vor 2 Tage
Ballad 6146
Ballad 6146

15:25 my favorite line so far

Vor 2 Tage
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson

I feel like more people have watched this review than Cats

Vor 2 Tage
Miles P.
Miles P.

Realism in musicals is stupid. Just accept that you're in a world where people are so emotional they break out into song & dance & have *fun* with it, for fucks sake.

Vor 2 Tage
Rachel Reichert
Rachel Reichert

My cousin made me watch the original cats film of the stage show when I was 10, and I thought it was sooo weird I never even tried to understand it again, this gave me a new appreciation for the original

Vor 2 Tage
EquusHeart
EquusHeart

So, my question is, purely out of curiosity, was Webber okay with all this? Or was he just like, nope, this isn't affiliated with me!

Vor 2 Tage
Tay Lewis
Tay Lewis

How the heck did you make me like cats???

Vor 2 Tage
delaney klutes
delaney klutes

I would love to learn more about musicals and opera. That extra thirty minutes that you cut. PUT IT BACK IN.

Vor 2 Tage
Clay O'Neal
Clay O'Neal

After seeing this movie, I cannot hear a song about a cat without having the need the throw up.

Vor 3 Tage
Discord’s Apple
Discord’s Apple

Maybe it’s because I know the actors but I can’t get invested in this world. I can’t believe it’s real. It’s that bad

Vor 3 Tage
Kotoy
Kotoy

you may have some valid criticism, but 20 minutes in and your voice has already become so obnoxious that i cannot continue watching. christ man, relax a little, speak normally.

Vor 3 Tage
KattChatt
KattChatt

The copyright claim really ruined this video's flow.

Vor 3 Tage
Runs with Cows
Runs with Cows

F me that is Elaine Paige, whatever she was paid to appear in this dross it wasn't enough.

Vor 3 Tage
Color the Air
Color the Air

The play is about being "born-again," like "born again Christian." That is why they keep singing about messages from the messiah, etc. Jellicle = Angelic, and they are not all competing for that, since some have already gone through the transformation. Get your Cats facts strait sir.

Vor 3 Tage
Left Leg
Left Leg

this still is incredibly disturbing

Vor 3 Tage
Mishi R
Mishi R

As a cello player, I've done a lot of musical collaborations (theater included) and omg fuk you Hooper hope you paid for their therapy

Vor 3 Tage
Keep Climbing
Keep Climbing

Beautiful ghosts song is basically an “ok boomer”

Vor 3 Tage
Planet Life
Planet Life

I really want Hooper to stop existing

Vor 3 Tage
Victor The Collector
Victor The Collector

I'm rewatching this video because I'm bored and this is a fun video and like,,, Is something wrong with my phone or are random parts of the video just cut off by random music? It's really weird??? Like there's missing parts of the video with music on them???? Hold on let me find a clip. Ok on 47:12 there's one, like what's that???

Vor 3 Tage
Victor The Collector
Victor The Collector

OOOOOH alright sorry I read the description

Vor 3 Tage
raquelt22
raquelt22

The movie Les Mis has HUGE problems with tempo BUT for a average viewer it works ok. Like definitely they should not let the actors chose how to sing, but the final product is "alright", specially with ppl who know nothing of musicals. The story is told and the message is clear. Cats does not do that. The meaning of the songs gets lost, all songs are completly messy and the message does not follow through. It just doesn't work. No, I'm definitely not a big fan of the Les Mis 2012 movie, but at least you can watch it and understand it

Vor 3 Tage
Planet Life
Planet Life

veerle casteleyn is beyond gorgeous

Vor 3 Tage
Planet Life
Planet Life

I’ve seen 15 mins of this and HOLY SHIT the story of Cats is fucking awful!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s an insult to humanity that people got rich from this. Fuck this world

Vor 3 Tage
LironMtnRanch
LironMtnRanch

This looks like the 1950s film "The Music Man" where they didn't use ANY techniques from film or young TV, or leverage multiple cameras or takes. They choreographed a stage show, that LOOKED like a stage show, and ran a camera while that was happening. At least one scene, they literally pan the camera from one side/setting of the stage (Lida Rose) and while the lights are going off on that side, they come up on the other side where another character starts another song.

Vor 3 Tage
Planet Life
Planet Life

I never realised that Cats it’s absurdly Christian

Vor 3 Tage
Erica Agnes
Erica Agnes

For anyone who doesn’t like even the original Cats: we had a CD of the 1998 soundtrack growing up and once my dad misheard “Jellicle cats” as “Genital cats”. Makes the entire opening numbers so funny. 😂

Vor 3 Tage
roseboy 20_01
roseboy 20_01

Maybe I'm wrong, but it feels like Hooper really wants to achieve what Damien Chazelle did with La La Land; let the main actors lead and then the composer follow, except Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling had months of preparation and Hurwitz still had some kind of structure on his music (also, that they both commited to the film, not like the Cats "celebrity cast" who wanted to be like 3 days on set and get an Oscar Nomination. That's not how things work Taylor).

Vor 3 Tage
roseboy 20_01
roseboy 20_01

I hope this movie ends Hooper's career; or well, at least his career with musicals.

Vor 3 Tage
Charlie 2.0
Charlie 2.0

Taking away the Mr Mistoffoles number from Tugger was a CRIME.

Vor 3 Tage
Kimshu
Kimshu

I did NOT expect to see Danny Don't You Know in this video criticizing Cats the movie but I'm not against it at all either.

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Animator Ireenie
Animator Ireenie

I love the original musical, it's a really cool and entertainment spectacle. I'm so happy I was able to watch it on stage. That's why I think it works so well. It doesn't have a real protagonist and I love this structure. The Cats 2019 is so bad, I hate it. They took out everything what made the original fun or good in general.

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Nastier Nate
Nastier Nate

I’ve watched this 3 or 4 times now and every time it gets to the Addressing of Cats section I get viscerally angry because Ken Page’s version is so damn good.

Vor 3 Tage
233kosta
233kosta

I could actually *hear* you ripping your hair out...

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233kosta
233kosta

This is to the Cats play what Nemesis was to Star Trek I guess

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233kosta
233kosta

I know what you mean about a good score not saving a shite film - just about the only _good_ thing I can say about the film that shall remain nameless is that Jessie Ware wrote a pretty good song for it which itself got about 10 seconds of film time

Vor 3 Tage
The Mad Lads
The Mad Lads

This movie took the original Andrew Lloyd Webber theatrical piece and ruined it.

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Lavish Jules
Lavish Jules

So I haven't seen either version of Cats so I had avoided watching this but I woke up in the middle of this video. Wow, do I have to say you really make me wanna watch the original play on video. Even though the original was weird for the time it got rave reviews & the new version got a razzy.

Vor 3 Tage
Erica Agnes
Erica Agnes

You can actually rent the 1998 recorded version on YouTube. My parents bought the video when it first came out and I’ve loved the show since

Vor 3 Tage
Skrollz
Skrollz

This video was amazing, for the first time I'm actually interested in watching a musical, and its the Cats (1998) musical....

Vor 4 Tage
Biddleee Who?
Biddleee Who?

R.I.P. any clips with Gus the Theatre Cat.

Vor 4 Tage
David Joshua Rosaldo
David Joshua Rosaldo

why is this 1hr and still has 1.9M views

Vor 4 Tage
Casidhe Gerish
Casidhe Gerish

yes!!! i loved that les mis stage performance. alfie boe and the man who played javere are both absolutely phenomenal

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corvidus //
corvidus //

were the audio cuts in the 40-48 minute range intentional????

Vor 4 Tage
Numbertaker
Numbertaker

No when it first came out there were music there I've gotta assume he got copy right strikes for them or something

Vor 4 Tage
Faru Faru
Faru Faru

I have learned that tom hooper is not allowed to go anywhere near music ever again lol

Vor 4 Tage
Justeen Wheatley
Justeen Wheatley

I watched the original years ago and I hated it. I've never ever liked Cats. I hate the dancing, the music really wasn't anything to write home about, and the lack of plot baffled my much younger brain when I originally watched it. But now, after seeing this analysis, it's kinda made me like Cats a bit more, ironically (well, at least the original). Kinda feel like giving the original another shot now, so thanks Sideways :)

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Conner Jenkins
Conner Jenkins

Mythbusters on meth = Methbusters

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Denis Alvarez
Denis Alvarez

RIP the bits that are copyright protected :( imagine talking about music without getting to hear the clips 🤣 Although in fairness this has so many clips that aren’t

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Robert Plattner
Robert Plattner

20:19 Well, she’s a cat! Cats tell you they want pets and then bite you! I have cats and I love them though

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Daggeira O'Cinnéide
Daggeira O'Cinnéide

I love that NSP was used for an example. That song kicks ass.

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Rania Assal Del Valle
Rania Assal Del Valle

1:00:45 NO WAY. IS THAT STEPHEN MCRAE? OMG I LOVE HIS DANCING WOW. Now I'm definitely watching this atrocity of a musical.

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Madison Williams
Madison Williams

Ok so just wanted to say this since I haven't seen anyone else say it yet. The weird mice scat part of gumbie cat and the seemingly new tune to mungojerrie and rumpelteezer aren't actually new. They were in the original 1981 London cast recording. These two things bugged me too when I first saw the movie, but bug me less after I heard the original cast recording from 81. I believe they changed some parts of the show for the stage movie they released in 98. The scat part is still awful in the new movie, and I still prefer the 98 mungojerrie/rumpelteezer to the new (or technically original) one, but I'm less mad about it.

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ethereal salad
ethereal salad

"World class cancer researchers working on a marketing campaign for the health benefits of mouthwash enemas" is a brilliant metaphor

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Zoe R
Zoe R

39:26 just hearing this interview after watching your video on Les Mis fills me with rage

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Lloyd Botway
Lloyd Botway

I've been watching movies since I was 5 years old. That gives me almost 70 years of movie history. I've seen thousands. And, hands-down, Cats is the worst of all of them, far surpassing Plan 9 from Outer Space in its wrong-headedness.

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Plautus Satire
Plautus Satire

Ho Lee Shit

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Crow Of Truth
Crow Of Truth

Wtf recommended, where am i?

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