|Real Wild Child: A Tribute to Nicolas Cage In Person!
With his fearless
comic performance in the upcoming Spike Jonze-directed, Charlie Kaufman-scripted ADAPTATION,
and his stunning directorial debut with the haunting drama SONNY, about a young
male prostitute in New Orleans in the early 1980s, Nicolas Cage continues to
prove himself one of the only major Hollywood stars of his generation who moves easily
from mega-watt mainstream movies (THE ROCK, FACE/OFF, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS) to
groundbreaking independent projects (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, WILD AT HEART, RED ROCK WEST).
Combining an unerring knack for choosing challenging, subversive roles with the
incendiary, rock n roll energy of icons like Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson, Cage
has carved out an enviable, ever-changing career in an industry that prides itself on
Born in 1964 in Long Beach, the son of literature professor
August Coppola, Cage studied theatre at Beverly Hills High School before getting his first
roles as a moody teen rebel in films like VALLEY GIRL, RUMBLE FISH and RACING WITH THE
MOON. With his breakout performance in Alan Parkers BIRDY in 1984, Cage first
exhibited his startling range as an actor, followed by memorable comic roles in PEGGY SUE
GOT MARRIED, RAISING ARIZONA and MOONSTRUCK. He quickly became a favorite of
unconventional filmmakers like the Coen Bros., David Lynch, John Dahl and Francis Ford
Coppola (Cages uncle); in 1995, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his
tragic performance as a self-destructing alcoholic in LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Recently, Cage
has branched out successfully as a producer with the indie hit SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE in
2000, and the upcoming SONNY.
We are thrilled to welcome the
recipient of the 2001 American Cinematheque Award, Nicolas Cage, to the Egyptian Theatre
for the first major Los Angeles Retrospective of his work, featuring special Sneak Preview
Screenings of SONNY and ADAPTATION - !!
Friday, November 22 7:30 PM
Special Sneak Preview! Nicolas Cage,
James Franco & Mena Suvari In Person!!
SONNY, 2002, Saturn Films, 110 min. Nicolas
Cage makes a stunning directorial debut with this haunting, beautifully acted drama of
a young male prostitute (James Franco, from TVs "James Dean") who
returns to his hometown of New Orleans in 1981, determined to give up the skin trade. Once
hes back at home with mother/madame Jewel (Brenda Blethyn) and her amiable
low-life boyfriend Henry (Harry Dean Stanton), Sonny finds himself inevitably drawn
back into the world of sex-for-hire. Mena Suvari (AMERICAN BEAUTY) co-stars as a
call-girl who hooks up with Sonny in a couples act, and hopes to reach the emotions kept
locked away inside the young man. Discussion following with
director Nicolas Cage and actors James Franco, Mena Suvari (schedule permitting). Special
Ticket Price of $10.00 General, $9.00 Students & Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque
Members for this screening only.
Saturday, November 23 3:30 PM
RAISING ARIZONA, 1987, 20th
Century Fox, 94 min. Dir. Joel Coen. This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the
romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight arrow cop Holly Hunter
was an unexpected follow up to the Coen Bros. chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap
scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they cant conceive kids is
guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of
1930s screwball cinema. With John Goodman, William Forsythe.
MOONSTRUCK, 1987, MGM, 102
min. Dir. Norman Jewison. Wonderfully lunatic comic gem from screenwriter John
Patrick Shanley, starring Cher as Loretta Castorini, a sexy, smart-mouthed
widow whos resigned herself to an upcoming marriage to terminally-indecisive Johnny
Cammareri (Danny Aiello) until Johnnys wildly passionate, one-handed brother
Ronny (Nicolas Cage) professes his undying love for her. Academy Award winner for
Best Actress (Cher), Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis) and Screenplay (Shanley).
Saturday, November 23 8:00 PM
Special Sneak Preview!!
ADAPTATION, 2002, Columbia
Pictures, 114 min. From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike
Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat
comedy starring Nicolas Cage as "Charlie Kaufman", a confused L.A.
screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing
and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (also
played by Cage!) While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean (Meryl
Streep), Kaufmans life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman,
Orlean and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the orchid poacher and the subject of
Orleans book, become strangely intertwined as each ones search for passion
collides with the others. Discussion following with actor
Nicolas Cage and director Spike Jonze, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and actor Chris Cooper
(schedules permitting). Special Ticket Price of $20.00 General, $18.00 Students/Seniors,
$15.00 Cinematheque Members for this screening only.
Sunday, November 24 3:00 PM
WILD AT HEART, 1990, Samuel
Goldwyn (MGM/UA), 124 min. Blending elements of THE WIZARD OF OZ and CINDERELLA (!) with a
catalogue of film noir subplots, director David Lynch leads us on an intoxicating,
bizarrely perverse Southwestern odyssey with romantic ex-con and Elvis fan Sailor (Nicolas
Cage) and his teen girlfriend Lulu (Laura Dern) as they flee psycho matriarch
Diane Ladd (Derns real-life mom). With an unforgettable Willem Dafoe as
demonic slimeball Bobby Peru. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rosselini. Discussion following with actor Nicolas Cage (schedule permitting).
Sunday, November 24 6:15 PM
LEAVING LAS VEGAS, 1995,
MGM/UA, 111 min. Dir. Mike Figgis. Nicolas Cage gives arguably his finest
performance as Ben Sanderson, a burnt-out former Hollywood player who sets fire to his
unread scripts, sells his house and heads to Las Vegas, determined to drink himself to
death in five weeks. Elisabeth Shue is equally brilliant as the spiritually-wounded
hooker who shelters Cage during his descent into the abyss, and finds some glimmer of hope
from his tragic self-destruction. Academy Award Winner for Best Actor (Cage).
RED ROCK WEST, 1992, Roxie
Releasing, 94 min. Director John Dahl wins the trophy for "keeper of the film
noir flame" in the early 1990s with films like KILL ME AGAIN and THE LAST
SEDUCTION. Here, he plummets likeable drifter Nicolas Cage into a spiraling
nightmare when Cage is mistaken for the killer sent to rub out bar-owner J. T.
Walshs spouse, Lara Flynn Boyle. Double and triple whammies follow as tables
are turned and finally the hot- tempered real hitman (Dennis Hopper) arrives in
town. Taut, surprisingly fresh and suspenseful, RED ROCK WEST was originally shown on
cable TV, but became a popular cult sleeper, eventually receiving theatrical release in
the U.S. and overseas. Actor Nicolas Cage to introduce screening