AV: Cult Cage

There is no actor working in contemporary film that operates so successfully between high and low culture than that of Nicolas Cage. Simultaneously an established member of the Hollywood elite (Cage won an Academy award in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas) and a bonafide cult star, Cage’s reputation as a wild card has been perpetuated throughout his career by his distinctive performance style. His self-proclaimed ‘counter-critical’ acting choices has been met by genuine and ironic adoration alike and has spawned a substantial following – sometimes dubbed the ‘Cage Rage’ on the internet.

Inspired by Nicolas Cage’s performance in Mandy, this audiovisual essay is an exploration of expressionist acting, authorship and cult stardom.

Put simply – is there method to the ‘Cage Rage’?

Featuring footage from Mandy (2018), Raising Arizona (1987), Wogan (1990), Adaptation (2002), Face/Off (1997), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Ghost Rider (2007), and The Wicker Man (2006).

I will be presenting this film and my research at UWE Student Conference on 15th April.

AF

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