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Nicholas Rombes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620340

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620340.001.0001

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Repo Man: Reclaiming the Spirit of Punk With Alex Cox

Repo Man: Reclaiming the Spirit of Punk With Alex Cox

(p.193) 13. Repo Man: Reclaiming the Spirit of Punk With Alex Cox
New Punk Cinema

Nicholas Rombes

Edinburgh University Press

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

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