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“Cage Does Cage” Sends Up Hammy Actors and Music Snobs

John Cage was one of the most famous post-modern classical composers. One of his most famous pieces is ’4’33″‘ and yes, we know you haven’t heard of it. But here’s Nicolas Cage, performing John Cage, to introduce you to some modern art in his own inimitable style.

Before you ask, your speakers aren’t broken. ’4’33″‘ is four minutes and thirty three seconds on silence. The orchestra walks in, tunes their instruments, gets ready, and then…doesn’t do anything. The idea is that you hear the “music” created by a bunch of people sitting in a room.

You know, fidgeting because they’re wondering what the heck is going on, and what hack wrote this song in the first place. At least when Nicolas Cage performs it, we’ve got some joyously hammy acting to go along with it.

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