The Cronenberg I Love…
I’m sat here this evening, well past 10 at night, trying to put together my lecture for tomorrow morning (at 9!) on David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method as part of my Contemporary World Cinema class.
Where does one even start to introduce students to the cinema of David Cronenberg – a director I have followed and adored since I was 10 years old and saw him guest host on Elwy Yost‘s Saturday Night at the Movies, back in 1978. Cronenberg brought in a short clip from his latest film, The Brood and that short clip scared the shit out of me. And here was a young, Jewish Torontonian, making balls-up horror movies – it was love at first sight for me!
Mark Kermode gave an excellent introduction to Cronenberg recently in anticipation of the release of Cosmopolis. I may quibble about his inclusion of Crash, but other than that, I absolutely agree with Kermode’s list, including the ranking. Here’s that video:
And, just because it’s awesome, here’s the head explosion sequence from Scanners!