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Format: DVD 2007
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Caged, considered the best woman's prison film ever made, represents a union between realistic socially conscious drama and the more stylized world of film noir. Marie, (Eleanor Parker), is sentenced to prison for helping her husband in a small robbery. The prison is run by the sadistic matron Evelyn (Hope Emerson) who is secure in her position due to corrupt political influence. The film shows Marie's slow disillusionment with society and her eventual decision to become a prostitute in order to gain parole after observing her friend and fellow inmate Kitty (Betty Garde) lose her sanity and murder their oppressor Evelyn. With this uncompromisingly pessimistic statement on human nature, John Cromwell reaches his peak as a director. Under his expert direction, Eleanor Parker gives the best performance of her career and creates a convincing metamorphosis from a innocent young girl to a hardened criminal. Her performance is nuanced, low-keyed and emotionally charged. Equally impressive is Cromwell's visual realization of the claustrophobia of prison life, aided by the high-contrast photography of Carl Guthrie. This excellent, grim drama is uncompromising in its refusal to sentimentalize the plight of Marie as a victim or to absolve her of her role in her fate, nor does it absolve society as it shows the results of desperation and brutalization on human dignity. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
Additional Information
Series Cult camp classic.
Subjects Accomplices -- United States -- Drama.
Robbery -- United States -- Drama.
Women prisoners -- United States -- Drama.
Prison administration -- United States -- Drama.
Prison discipline -- Drama.
Interpersonal relations -- Psychic aspects -- Drama.
Feature films.
Prison films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2007
Edition Full screen.
Contributors Kellogg, Virginia.
Schoenfeld, Bernard C.
Weld, Jerry.
Cromwell, John, 1886-1979.
Parker, Eleanor, 1922-2013.
Moorehead, Agnes, 1900-1974.
Corby, Ellen.
Emerson, Hope, 1897-1960.
Garde, Betty.
Sterling, Jan, 1923-2004.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson, Betty Garde, Jan Sterling.
Other Contributors Music, Max Steiner.
Audience Not rated.
Language English
In English with optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1950.
Special features include: theatrical trailer.
System Details DVD; region 1; full screen presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Description 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 141985030X
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