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Cronenberg On Cronenberg
The director talks through Cosmopolis and other iconic moments

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Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s mind-bendingly brainy take on Don DeLillo’s novel, sees the Canadian auteur on top form as he follows billionaire currency trader Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) across Manhattan by limo. It’s possibly the most trafficky road movie ever made, and, at first glance, seems a world away from his classic body horror repertoire. On closer inspection, though, those parasitic organisms are still about; here they manifest as snaking graphs of rising yuan and falling dollars, as Pattinson negotiates vampire squid (the metaphoric kind), custard pie slingers, financial collapse and potential assassination. Trust Cronenberg to deliver capitalism’s bona-fide horror movie. We asked the great filmmaker to talk through this and other memorable moments.

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On the parasites... "Doing Shivers and Rabid made me think that I could probably deal with anything that happened during a shoot. Both were very intense. I was living on my own in Nuns' Island (Shivers' Montreal location) for the shoot, which only lasted 14 days, and because we'd planned to use leeches to stand in for film's parasites, there were leeches in the fridge. Every time you wanted to get something from the fridge there’d be all these leeches. All kinds of things went wrong on the film: the money disappeared and came back, some of the effects didn’t work and then the leeches didn’t work – well, they worked as leeches – but it gave me an incredible grounding because I knew that I could think on my feet."

 

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1 RE: Read the title
Lol, I'm hardly taking it personal, just stating an opinion! Is there a fucking law against that in this democratic society? Just thought it would've been good to hear about those films in particular that's all!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Tuesday June 19, 2012, 22:00

2 Read the title
It's a list of random thoughts and moments, not a list of his best films. Maybe Cronenberg himself didn't mention those particular films in this particular segment? Why do people on this site go straight on the attack like it's some kind of personal insult? More

Posted by rob_devitt on Tuesday June 19, 2012, 02:02

3 Where's Videodrome & The Brood???
Two of Cronenberg's finest films are Videodrome & The Brood but both films don't even get a mention here! The question is why as Videodrome is especially on a lot of fans lists at no1? Both films are far superior to the rather lackluster Dead Zone! However it is nice to see the excellent Scanners on there and the overlooked Naked Lunch. More

Posted by dannyfletch on Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:29

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