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Embryo: The Earliest Years

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...David Cronenberg was born on 15 March 1943 in Toronto. Unlike certain other Canadian movie directors who have achieved a degree of international success and recognition, he continues to avoid the obvious temptation: the country’s all too...

New Flesh for Old: The Tax-Shelter Experiments

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...On the basis of Shivers and Rabid alone, David Cronenberg had become a force and a talent in cinema to recognize, if perhaps also to abhor. Within the context of North American independent film-making, he had successfully transformed his...

Crimes of the Future: Obsessions and Avant-Garde Films

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...Discussion and critical appraisal of David Cronenberg’s work have tended to pivot on auteurist principles. This particular strain of cinematic analysis was virulent in the 1960s in the most progressive film journals and journalism....

Wounds, Scars and Twisted Cars: Crash

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...If Cronenberg’s 1992 adaptation of William Burroughs’ The Naked Lunch seemed overdue, his filming of J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel Crash looks and feels as if it was made long, long ago in a parallel universe. For one is forcibly struck...

Body Talk: The Cinepix Years

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...After Stereo and Crimes of the Future, the way forward was not obvious to Cronenberg. Having contracted the film bug and worked through an avant-garde phase, he took a year off. Spending much of that time in Tourettes-sur-Loup in southern...

Unrequited Life: From Dead Zones to Dead Ringers

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...On completing Scanners in 1980, Cronenberg had acquired his first and only agent, Mike Marcus. Based in Los Angeles, Marcus was in Toronto at the time scouting for Canadian directors to represent. Having signed Cronenberg, he encouraged him...

Transfer: From Big Science to Little Films

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...Not long after Cronenberg had successfully situated his mind and body at the most conducive end of the University campus and curriculum, his creative juices instigated yet another of their unforeseen flows. They began tentatively...

Bugs, Spies and Butterflies: Naked Lunch and M. Butterfly

Cronenberg on Cronenberg

Faber & Faber, 1997

Book chapter

...In 1981, on the occasion of Scanner’s release in the States, Cronenberg had said in an interview for Omni magazine, ‘Some part of me would love to make a movie of William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.’ As was observed by critic Mitch Tuchman...