Repo Man: Reclaiming the Spirit of Punk With Alex Cox

Nicholas Rombes

in New Punk Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620340
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671052 | DOI:
Repo Man: Reclaiming the Spirit of Punk With Alex Cox

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This chapter focuses on filmmaker Alex Cox. Cox is considered a punk film phenomenon, representing that rare breed of filmmaker whose love of underground, off-centre and unseen cinema has resulted in the creation of a series of independent works which continually fly in the face of cinematic orthodoxy. As a director, Cox bedazzled and bemused mainstream Hollywood with his offbeat/conspiracy theory/road movie-inspired début Repo Man. With its penchant for genre mixing as well as its pounding Los Angeles underground music, Repo Man is inextricably linked to the punk philosophy informing its creator. The chapter also presents an interview with Cox, where he discusses not only his films but also the influence of the punk movement on his cinema and his politics.

Keywords: filmmakers; new punk cinema; punk films; interview

Chapter.  4165 words. 

Subjects: Film

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