Wednesday, April 13, 2016
LADY IN A CAGE (1964)
LADY IN A CAGE is a fascinating film that I would love to know more about. The opening credits seem reminiscent of Saul Bass' title design sequence in PSYCHO, the story holds a very pessimistic view of a rapidly changing society, foreshadowing with the dead dog, great wigged out performances by the entire cast, but I think the thing that intrigued me the most was the early hippie, pre-Charles Manson portrayal of the three main psychopaths. I loved how Caan wore high water jeans with darken back pockets, Jesus sandals and a tied-up shirt. It's a very California beatnik look (...at least from what I've learned in movies). And I might be imagining things, but, at moments, Rafael Campos' unhinged performance looks a lot like Edwin Neal's brilliant performance in THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 10 years later...the deranged look in his eyes, the uptick of the mouth, skinny unwashed body, his playfulness with the intended victims, the cat-like movement of his body, the gleeful way he looks at his knife, etc.
Well, anyways, I'm babbling, but if you're into the grittier side of older movies you should definitely check out LADY IN A CAGE. It's dated (and campy), but I bet back in early 1964 this film packed a wallop. Especially seeing Olivia de Havilland in a role that was such a departure from what she was known for.