David Cronenberg

Flavorwire Interview: David Cronenberg on Body Horror, Dick Pics, and His First Novel, ‘Consumed’

Insect-ravaged breasts; underground surgery; philosophical musings about “cancer beauty,” consumerism, and Crisco; intercontinental sex games; geopolitics and global conspiracy; cannibalism and techno-fetishism; Sartre and Beckett; North Korea and the Cannes Film Festival: David Cronenberg’s provocative debut novel Consumed weaves together some of the sui generis filmmaker’s most outlandish images and associations yet. We recently spoke with the director about his process and preoccupations, dick pics, journalism, and what he thinks of the term “body… Read More

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Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ Is Wickedly Funny and Deliciously Dark

So here’s a mean, nasty little piece of work — and I have a feeling director David Cronenberg would take that as the compliment it’s intended to be. Maps to the Stars is part vicious Hollywood satire, part portrait of horrifying dysfunction, and part (no kidding) Greek mythology. Early on, I found myself jotting down echoes and influences: The Player, Douglas Sirk, Mulholland Drive, Cronenberg’s own Cosmopolis. At some point, I stopped playing connect-the-dots, because that’s missing the point: you can trace its genealogy all you want, but at the end of the day, Maps is its own, utterly deranged thing. … Read More

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David Cronenberg’s Baseless, Hypocritical Stanley Kubrick Slam

Nobody loves a juicy bit of director-on-director trash talk more than your film editor, and the gifted Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has proven himself quite adept at it — witness his blunt assessment of M. Night Shyamalan (“I HATE that guy! Next question”). But a recent Cronenberg interview in the Toronto Star (flagged by Vanity Fair) finds him taking on one of cinema’s most sacred cows: Stanley Kubrick. Yet in doing so, he sounds a definitively sour note — not because Kubrick is above criticism, but because Cronenberg’s condemnation could just as easily be pointed inward. … Read More

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