How to get out of the Cage

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How to get out of the Cage



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3rd Sept 2012




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How to get out of the Cage

A year with John Cage

With 5 experimental films by Frank Scheffer

WAGNER'S RING • 1987 • 4:24 mins

STOPERAS I & II • 1987 • 3:05 mins

NOPERA • 1995 • 5:56 mins

CHESSFILMNOISE • 1988 • 17:21 mins

RYOANJI • 2011 • 60:37 mins

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Documentary by Frank Scheffer.

New Documentary by Frank Scheffer based on his archives on the occasion of John Cage’s 100. Anniversary of Birth on September 5, 2012 . († 12.8.1992)

From 1982 to 1992 Frank Scheffer worked with John Cage on many different occasions, which resulted in a unique archive of historical audio-visual material. Based on this unique archive, including interviews, musical performances and images of different locations related to his life and work - filmed on 16mm - the filmmaker Scheffer created “How To Get Out Of The Cage – A Year With John Cage”.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3 / 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Original Language: English

Subtitles: German, French, Japanese

Running time: 52 mins (Documentary), 92 mins (Extra films)

BBC Music Magazine

December 2012


“Throughout the film Cage continues to tell stories, as he did, explaining his ideas, philosophies and working methods with great clarity, humility and humour...All of the films on this DVD will appeal to the aficionados as well as those seeking an insight into the ideas and the music of one of the most adventurous, imaginative and innovative composers of out time.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2013

“He clearly enjoyed talking to Scheffer and, even by Cage's standards, the juicy quotes come thick and fast...Watch Ryoanji first and marvel at how Cage unifies sound and image. The controversies are set to endure but the art speaks for itself.”

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