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Rage (2009)

Steve Buscemi , Eddie Izzard , Sally Potter  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Jude Law, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest
  • Directors: Sally Potter
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ITSAH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Michelangelo, an unseen schoolboy armed only with a cell phone camera, goes behind the scenes at a New York fashion show during seven days in which an accident on the catwalk turns into a murder investigation, and his interviews with key players become a bitterly funny expose of an industry in crisis.

Fourteen actors, both celebrated stars and exciting emerging talents, play characters who each have a role in the fashion show: from the designer (Simon Abkarian) and his models (supermodel Lily Cole and Jude Law, stunning in drag), the toxic fashion critic (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) the desperate war photographer turned paparazzo (Steve Buscemi), the fashion house financier (Eddie Izzard) and his bodyguard (John Leguizamo). As they confide in Michelangelo, personal secrets are revealed and the reality of events taking place off screen begins to unravel.

RAGE is the new cinematic creation from Sally Potter, director of the Oscar-nominated ORLANDO. Defying the usual conventions of film, RAGE focuses entirely on the individual performances of its world-class cast.

Bonus material includes: Cast outtakes
and an interview with Sally Potter.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an Artist September 29, 2009
I see all of Sally Potter's films. She is always different, new, and interesting.
I saw her latest, RAGE, at The Box, in SOHO. I had read online of this provocative movie with a wonderful cast set in the world of fashion; about its unique mobile premiere. I was puzzled; how could a movie be shown on the tiny screen of a cell phone? And then I saw it. Now I want to have it on my cell phone. Imagine, Judy Dench talking to you on your own cell, like your friend, who trusts you enough to tell you the truth, that fashion has become an obsession akin to porn. And Steve Buscemi, Lily Cole, Bob Balaban, Patrick Adams, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, Jude Law, all of them would became your personal friends and enemies. They speak to you directly.
They were speaking directly to me on the big screen, each image so crisp, so intense; each face so close, you can see every tiny movement of a muscle. So much drama without outside action. There are no sets here; you don't need them at all. The face is the set. And the costume. The faces are everything here, a landscape depicting all kind of battles.
RAGE tells the story of a crisis at a New York fashion house through a series of interviews, shot on his cell phone camera by a young boy named Michelangelo. The interviews are taken over the seven days in which a runway accident becomes a murder investigation. It's a funny, sad, bitter, tragic collection of monologues, spoken directly to the camera. Each shot is a close-up of a character against different color backgrounds. Every actor performs alone. They are so close that it is impossible for them to hide anything from you; just as you can't hide anything from yourself.
After watching RAGE on the big screen and online, I ordered it on DVD.
I want to have it; I want to be able to see those faces close and hear the voice of an Artist who never takes a conventional road, Sally Porter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sally Potter takes chances. There are so many unique aspects of this film that reviewing it is difficult. The major aspects of the film include the very au courant 'rage' of blogging as a means of communication, the 'rage' to stay young and in fashion (that almost daily changing series of fads of what is in and what is out), the 'rage' of focusing everyone's attention on celebrity antics including drugs and death, the 'rage' to buy everything (if you don't own it and it looks like it is going to be popular then buy it), the 'rage' of climbing into the media world, be it film, fashion, television searching for that promised 15 minutes of fame, the 'rage' of PR, minding the selling promotion of a product without concern of its value, the 'rage' of creating new fragrances with a special name for fame, and the 'rage' for maintaining a wealthy or famous class and a poor or service class. Potter manages to take us through all of these phases with brilliant writing, fascinating character studies, experimental lighting and photography, and one of the best uses of color fields ever on film.

The premise is simple yet strong. A blogger named Michelangelo follows the backstage proceedings of a New York Fashion Show: we never see him, we see only his daily blog entry and the images of the interviewees through his cellphone camera - the individuals all are part of the hyped fashion show cum ramp walk of fashionista Merlin (Simon Abkarian) who designed the clothes, Miss Roth (Dianne Wiest) who owns the company, Mona Carvell (Judi Dench) the fashion critic who writes for the media coverage, Otto (Jakob Cedergren) who works managing PR, Mr. White (Bob Balaban) who directs the show until he is replaced by the overeducated image builder Dwight Angel (Patrick J.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars subversive and sly February 8, 2010
I read the reviews first before seeing the film. I understand the frustration viewers have with this film. It is an infuriating film that only reveals a very small bit, piece by piece, and only at the pace that the filmmaker sets. Its spare style offers little context, unlike traditional film form which is typically rich with imagery. Spare sets; talking heads. If you can get past the first half, you are drawn in. It's getting used to the film's format that is the challenge. The cast is extraordinary; the range of performances truly astounding. Watching Jude Law in drag is worth it alone! A blogger uses his phone camera to interview a range of characters involved in the production of a fashion show. Each interviewee has their own point of view. Collectively, they represent the cast of characters both behind and in front of the camera. Each character is only a part of a whole; each interview is a piece of a puzzle. At first, it is your typical low-production-value documentary. But as events unfold, the interviews take on more layers of meaning, more complexity. Slowly, with each ensuing interview, a picture emerges of what actually took place off camera. By the end of the film, we come to understand the pivotal role of the interviewer/ blogger -- how media, however amateurish and non-mainstream, influences art and outcomes. This is a sly film. It obliges us to reflect deeply on the nature of popular culture, popular media, and the emerging role of non-mainstream media, e.g., teenage bloggers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film, wouldn't recommend for anyone who isn't into unusual stuff though.
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Elisabeth Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars all or nothing
This is the sort of movie that you're going to either love or hate. I found the film to be unique and interesting but it doesn't surprise me that the reviews are mixed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Rage-good
love Sally Potter films, great acting, terrific cast, crazy show! jude law is a sceam. Judi Dench her usual wonderful self.
Published 14 months ago by michelle rodahl
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what we thought ...
If I had done a bit more research, We might not have bought this film. Very slow to start, it was a real challenge to sit through.
Published 20 months ago by Cathleen M. Hawks
1.0 out of 5 stars utter horse manure
Don't be misled by the good reviews that seem to outnumber the bad ones here. The bad ones are genuine. This film is utterly worthless. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by gwr66
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Just a bunch of big name actors sitting in front of the camera talking to it with different colored backgrounds. Very boring, thinking of reselling it.
Published on August 16, 2010 by J. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars A New Cinematic Experience: One That Royally Sucks
Don't waste your time or money. Seriously, don't. I just watched this movie online and I want the last 98 minutes of my life back. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Enraged
4.0 out of 5 stars Dull and purposeless - that is what art is about
This movie is definitely different; unconventional would be a good way to put it. A different genre definitely. But think of the analog of looking at paintings. Modern art. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by P. Eckstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unique
The movie was pretty interesting since it is done completely in interview style. The end was a bit odd and didn't feel it fit into the movie but otherwise it was good.
Published on January 30, 2010 by C. Bernard
4.0 out of 5 stars Rage
It is an interesting movie.There are a diversity of complex characters that are impressive.The movie forces the viewer to imagine what is going on, as the audience only hears what... Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by P. Sneedcook
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