#54 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted


#54 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted
Year: 1990
Director: David Lynch
MPAA Rating: PG
Epic Co-stars: Laura Dern
Running Time: 50 mins
Cage Time: 4%
Cage Kills: 0
Cage Flip-outs: 0
Skyler's Review: 
For this one, we didn't know what to expect. I mean, its a David Lynch musical with Nicolas Cage in it. No one could possibly know what to expect. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage is only on screen for 2 minutes and is not present for any of the trippy "dream sequence." Essentially this 50 minute film starts with a phone conversation where Nicolas Cage breaks up with some chick. This takes 2 minutes. The rest of the movie is   supposed to be what is going on inside the subconscious of the girl. It is very dark in there, which makes sense, breaking up with Cage would be very dark.

This beautiful face graces the screen for only 2 minutes.
Once the musical starts, you realize that the bass line starts is identical to the music in Twin Peaks. This makes sense since it has the same composer and singer, Andre Badalamenti and Julee Cruise. The musical continues with ten songs.

Here is a succinct summary of action during the ten songs:

  1. Naked chick, twisted. Some actor playing Nicolas cage floating through her mind.
  2. Flying around chick gets eaten by a car.
  3. Midget from Twin Peaks saws a log.
  4. Chick is flying around in a spotlight.
  5. Sounds of cats mating and a large dancing 10 foot tall demon.
  6. A guy narrates and searchlights look for the naked chick.
  7. Midget recites the conversation from the beginning while a guy plays clarinet.
  8. Chick sings a song from Twin Peaks from the trunk of a car.
  9. Naked dead babies float about.
  10. Chick floats around in spotlights singing another Twin Peaks song.


Some weird "skinned deer" dances on the stage. It's weird.
You can find this on Youtube. It's weird, so I would suggest watching it when you can't fall asleep.

Movie quotability:

  • "I just said juxtaposition, write that down." -James

Plot Holes:

CAGEamatic
Cinematic
Skyler
Poor
Troll
Shauna
James
1.44/5.00
1.71/5.00
Martine
!Dozed off in the Cage!

3 comments:

Steve M said...

I probably should have watched this while I was high or Norco, but instead I had to endure with nothing to numb the pain. Good thing this wasn't one of the first movies to be watched or I would have given up then, now I have too much invested to give up.

Courtney Pixler said...

I have done this project as well, had a great time!

James Ayers said...

Impressive work Courtney. It really did make me see Dr. Cage in a new light and really appreciate his work more.
I'm not really sure why you've picked this movie to comment on though. It's probably one of the least "Cagey" films out of the bunch.

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