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Lady in a Cage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie

    I watched this movie with my dad when I was just a young girl and it still sticks in my mind as one of the greatest movies ever made. I would definately recommend it to anyone looking for a thriller of this sort. It is absolutely a one-of-a-kind treasure! It's exciting and keeps you on your toes. Everything a movie should be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch Olivia "Go Ape!"

    First it was Davis and Crawford then de Havilland took her turn as "(Scream) Queen For A Day", soon to be followed by Stanwyck, Bankhead, Fontaine (Olivia's sis), Page, Gordon, Lake, Bennett, Winters, Reynolds, Turner, Gardner, De Carlo, Hayworth, (I'm running out of space). Hepburn wisely chose to miss out on all the fun, opting to win three more Academy Awards instead. The critics hated 1964's "Lady in a Cage" and it was banned in England but de Havilland defended it in print and on a coast-to-coast tour. She even warned us in the poster ads: "Do Not See LADY IN A CAGE Alone!" (Could it be that owning a percentage of the film's profits provided any additional motivation to her devotion?) On a July 4th weekend, alone in the house she shares with her son, de Havilland is recovering from a broken hip. An electrical failure causes her elevator to stop between floors while she's in it, and the ringing alarm attracts a wino (Jeff Corey). Later arrivals are Ann Sothern as a plump hustler, and a trio of young hoodlums, James Caan, Rafael Campos, and Jennifer Billingsley, who ransack the house and terrorize the others. She is further shocked to discover a note from her dominated son threatening suicide unless she lets him lead his own life. As a wealthy poetess forced to confront the fact that she is a doting mother whose twisted affection for her son may portend the destruction of them both, de Havilland has to croak lines like "It's all true. I AM a monster." She is allowed a few moments of introspection and self-awareness, but the strident screenplay and the supporting roles, overdrawn and overacted by the rest of the cast, destroy the credibility de Havilland's restrained performance might have had if it were seen in a less frenetic context. And if all of the film's gore had been used more effectively to make its point--that the psychological violence individuals inflict on each other is the cause of the indifference and random brutality practiced by society at large--"Lady in a Cage" might have been a useful addition to the trapped victim and juvenile delinquent film genres. Nonetheless, "Lady in a Cage" is important for at least two reasons: first, it has notable visual style unlike the heavy Gothic expressionism of the previous films, a style which suggests the depth of visual detail which is to appear in future films of this genre. And second, it suggests the direction toward which the genre may be heading--that is, toward the very specific. This may be because the film is based on a true incident. So "Lady in a Cage" can be taken on a purely literal level as a representation of what in the 1960s seemed to be an increasing fear of the spreading violence in America. And such, the film predates "The Incident", "In Cold Blood", "The Boston Strangler", "10 Rillington Place", and most specifically, the genre-oriented "Targets." [filmfactsman]

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