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

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Cronenberg On Cronenberg | Naked Lunch (1991)
Naked Lunch (1991)

On the insect typewriters... "These were a combination of me and William Burroughs. It’s the same as any adaptation – a fusing of sensibilities between the writer of the book and the creator of the movie – and so it was with the insect typewriters. Burroughs never wrote insect typewriters, that was my invention, but at the same time he was very obsessed with typing and typewriters. He was also somewhat obsessed with his version of insects, these giant bugs from Venus that would mind-control people on Earth. I said, 'You normally talk about insects as space creatures and aliens, but are there any insects that you like?' And he said, 'Well, I like butterflies.'"

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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

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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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