On David Cronenberg

Introducing Slant Magazine‘s own list of David Cronenberg’s best work, Chuck Bowen praises the Canadian director’s “uncommon authorial focus, directness and clarity, which is reflected by the films’ deceptively unfussy, nearly sculptural mise-en-scène (honed in significant part with a group of longtime collaborators).” I noted in my review of Cosmopolis his obsession with the gleam of appliances. One of his innovations, based on The Brood, Videodrome, The Fly, and so on, is to treat appliances like people and people like appliances, or, further, to see the purposeful emotion-free nature of machines as a trait inherent in humans too.

1. Dead Ringers
2. The Fly
3. Naked Lunch
4. Scanners
5. Videodrome
6. A History of Violence
7. Eastern Promises
8. The Brood
9. A Dangerous Method
10. The Dead Zone
11. Cosmopolis
12. Spider

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