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Superb Black Comedy,
This review is from: Vampire's Kiss [DVD] (DVD)
Nicholas Cage is absolutely superb as the literary agent who suffers a catastrophic breakdown and becomes delusional, believing himself to have been seduced and bitten by a vampire, and undergoes a psychosomatic transformation into nosferatu.
Cage's character's personality, which begins as an arrogant, successful bully of a manager, gradually becomes one of an unhinged loon as his bullying - in particular the painfully nasty persecution of his beautiful hispanic assistant Alba - reaches a crescendo and he begins to mimic nosferatu's mannerisms whilst wearing plastic teeth.
His vampiric seductress visits him regulary to reinforce his delusions. His relationship with his lovely girlfriend begins to break down completely as he is lured ever more deeply into the world of the vampiress in his mind. Finally when he believes he can no longer see his own reflection in a mirror, he becomes as one with the vampiress and steps out of reality completely.
This film has one or two shocking moments, and some of it is also very sad; his treatment of his girlfriend, and in particular the diabolical treatment of his persecuted assistant Alba, are cases in point. But it is also a very funny black comedy, helped along by Cage's repertoire of facial expressions and affected accents.
If Alan Partridge were to become a vampire, I suspect it would look something like this.
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Initial post: 27 May 2011 21:44:32 BDT
Great review. Could you tell me whether the famous Cage/Bierman (or was it Cage/Minion?) commentary is provided on this, please?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2011 20:25:14 BDT
I was looking at this DVD in my local HMV this week and it has no commentaries and no extras that I recall; in short, the disc is "vanilla" i.e., plain i.e., no commentaries and no extras (apart from "scene selection"...).
I've just ordered this from Amazon, not having seen it since I caught it in a fleapit on Oxford Street, London, in 1990, I think! Great film, too.
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