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A NEW FILM BY SALLY POTTER
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible. While I love some of the actors - the reason I bought this mess in the first place - this was a complete waste of time and money. Seriously - don't bother.Published 16 months ago by MsTikl1
Excellent film, wouldn't recommend for anyone who isn't into unusual stuff though.Published 22 months ago by Katherine Elisabeth Turner
love Sally Potter films, great acting, terrific cast, crazy show! jude law is a sceam. Judi Dench her usual wonderful self.Published on August 17, 2013 by michelle rodahl
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 on February 4, 2013 by Cathleen M. Hawks
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 morePublished on November 12, 2011 by gwr66
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
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 morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Enraged
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 morePublished on January 30, 2010 by P. Eckstein