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   This movie has an online cover Crash (1996)
Directed By: David Cronenberg

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I have extolled above the incredible feelings i have experienced when i watched Videodrome and Naked Lunch, experiencing a piece of work that truly challenged me in a subversive way. Well, Cronenberg does a three-peat with Crash which depicts people who get aroused by violent road accidents and mangled bodies. Yep, this guy has a way to find peopleís buttons and push them hard with a rusty rod. Crash scandalized pretty much everybody when it came out. It was booed at Cannes where it premiered, and yet, received its prestigious, seldomly awarded, Special Jury Prize. This is again Cronenberg creating such a level of controversy, yet managing to get awards out of it! Itís a long way from the days of the Canadian Film Development Corporation controversies, but highlights how much of a survivor he has been.

I went to see it with my wife when it was released and she walked out of the theater. I stayed. I canít say i loved it and i felt it was less interesting than Videodrome or Naked Lunch. Not as high minded perhaps, or philosophical, it seemed to me to descend into abject human sexuality just for the shock value of it. Good performances and the always top-notch technical aspects of the film donít help making it more endearing to me even if it reprises many of the themes that Cronemberg developed over the past 2 decades. In particular, the imagery of a gaping wound as a vagina (shown in Rabid, The Brood or Videodrome early in his career) is ever present in this film as people literally have sex with wounds, bordering on necrology. I just wasnít able to connect and enjoy the film because it lacked the multi-dimensional aspects of his other films. Where is the philosophical powerhouse of Videodrome? Where is the daring visually creative adaptation of an impossible novel like Naked Lunch? Where is the emotional power of The Fly? Where are the batshit crazy fireworks of Scanners?


- Laurent Hasson