Lady in a Cage
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The story is in black and white, and this adds to the mood, like in Alfred Hitchcocks "Psycho". Sure, they could've used color for this 1964 film, but you'll see for yourself why the lack of color, matches the noir and bizarre mood here.
DeHavilland is over-dramatic, but superb too, as the "Lady" of the title, her facial expressions are so fitting of her consuming exasperation at the frustrating situation. You can feel the sweat as she swelters in the summer heat, trapped helplessly. DeHavilland also has her son Malcomb, from whom she ponders a letter while trapped. She finds out that sonny boy, whom she idolizes with a devout reverence, hates her. She agonizes over his plea "Release me from your love", leading to the great exclamation "I AM a MONSTER!"Wait, it gets even better.
As DeHavilland rings her alarm relentlessly, hoping someone will save her, she attracts the attention of an old pathetic semi-mute wino, wandering around the neighborhood. He comes into the house, ignores DeHavillands' pleas, and steals her wine cellar contents instead. He leaves, and comes back with a shady lady played by Ann Southern, who further ransacks the house. DeHavilland can't believe what's happening. That's just the start.
The nerve jangling intensity increases, upon the arrival of three beatnik punks, one geeky weirdo clownish guy, a positively filthy looking girl, and her abusive group leader boyfriend, an early role for a then 26 year old future star, James Caan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, the movie was way ahead of its time. The characters in it were certainly creepy even by today's standards. It kept your attention right to the horrific ending. Read morePublished 2 days ago by smetfan
Suspense straight through, better than I expected, but rather intense or edgy for it's time; not for the squeamish.Published 24 days ago by R. Christenson / Lunamation
A young girl pokes at a homeless man as he lays strewn across the sidewalk. A dead dog lays across the side of the road as passing cars stop momentarily and go their merry way... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David E.Baldwin
Good Movie... Not exactly what I expected, but still a good suspenseful movie!!Published 4 months ago by T R
If you loved Baby Jane and Sweet Charlotte than get this movie! Olivia plays the role of victim perfectly and her captors are despicable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Williams
Blast from the past. I saw this as a child on TV and it scared me to death, glad to see its held up over time. Nice thriller to add to my collection.Published 8 months ago by Mark A. Smiddy