Couch Film Festival :: Cage Movies

This week’s three films for Couch Film Festival are those with cage theme. No, not Nicholas Cage, but an actual cage in the title or within the film

Caged (1950)

Pregnant nineteen-year old Marie Allen is sentenced to prison as an accessory to robbery. The Warden, Ruth Benton dedicated to reforming even the most hardened of the prisoners, deals fairly with Marie, even upon learning of her condition. The naïve Marie comes up against tough block matron Evelyn Harper (Hope Emerson) and must decide whether accepting the friendship of the toughest prisoners will rub off on her and affect the future of her unborn child.

Film critic Emanuel Levy praised the film stating: “master of melodrama, John Cromwell directs in a taut style, coaxing excellent performances from his female-dominated cast…’Caged’ walks a fine line between a socially conscious drama (and wake-up call) and exploitative, borderline campy fare.

Bonus :: Warden is played by gay icon Agnes Moorehead.

Lady in the Cage (1964)

Lady in a Cage is a 1964 American psychological thriller film directed by Walter Grauman, written and produced by Luther Davis,[2] and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Olivia de Havilland and features James Caan in his first substantial film role.

PLOT: When an electrical power failure occurs, Mrs. Hilyard (Olivia de Havilland), a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip, becomes trapped between floors in the cage-like elevator she has installed in her mansion.

Bonus :: The film was initially refused a cinema certificate in the UK by the BBFC; the ban was lifted in 1967.

The Promise (2005 film)

The Promise is a Chinese epic fantasy film directed by Chen Kaige, starring Jang Dong-gun, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse.

PLOT :: In ancient China a fleet-footed slave named Kunlun becomes personal servant to great Gen. Guangming. Posing as his master on a mission to save their king from evil invader Wuhuan, Kunlun meets Qingcheng, a princess who is fated to lose every man she loves. Both Kunlun and Guangming fall for the beautiful princess, while Wuhuan plots a series of evil acts.

Yes, there is a bird cage.

Bonus :: It is loosely adapted from The Kunlun Slave, a wuxia romance story from the 9th century during the Tang dynasty. A truly beautiful movie.

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