Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen the acclaimed film “Curse of the Cat People” on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.

When RKO ordered Val Lewton to make a sequel to his classic horror film “Cat People,” producer Lewton and screenwriter DeWitt Bodeen chose to make a sequel in name only and instead created a moving glimpse into the inner psyche of a lonely child. Based on true experiences in Lewton´s childhood, “Curse of the Cat People” bears more resemblance to a Grimm’s fairytale than a horror story and features a mesmerizing performance from Ann Carter as young Amy, whose increasing retreat into her own dream world worries her parents. The film also marked the directing debut of Robert Wise, who would become one of Hollywood’s master craftsmen, winning Best Picture and Directing Oscars for “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music.” James Agee wrote that “Curse of the Cat People” captured “the poetry and danger of childhood.”

Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 594-0310.