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Watch: 90-Minute Discussion With David Cronenberg About His Career, Films, Inspirations & Much More

by Joe Cunningham
May 6, 2013 10:22 AM
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Cronenberg Retrospective
Bambi” was traumatizing. “Dumbo” was also traumatizing. “Blue Lagoon” disturbed him greatly. Those are some of the gems from just the first minute of this excellent interview with the great Canadian director David Cronenberg. Just imagine how much more is in the following 90 or so minutes.

So if you do have a spare hour-and-a-half during the next couple of days, then we can’t help but recommend this. The 70-year-old discusses many of his features from “Shivers” through to “Cosmopolis,” and along the way gets into a range of topics including his roots as a filmmaker in Toronto, his early interest in medical science and how it informed his body horror movies, sadomasochism, and what defines him as a filmmaker.

Filmed for the German program Kennwort Kino at last year's TIFF, it’s basically wall-to-wall Cronenberg talking about his art and the art that inspired him, and it’s a must for any fans of the director. There’s probably a lot of stuff in there that he’s discussed before that Cronenberg experts will know already, but whenever someone talks for this long, new details are inevitable, and it makes for a fascinating listen. Enjoy! [Ray Pride]

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  • El Hanso | May 6, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    I love the way Cronenberg talks. How at ease he is, while always being attentive and engaged.

    But the interview... I mean, thanks to German television for putting a really interesting 90 minute Cronenberg talk on the air, but that interviewer was pretty bad. How it took him three minutes to form a not too complex sentence; I sometimes felt Cronenberg wondered how much the interviewer understood of the answers Cronenberg gave.

  • BB | May 6, 2013 6:37 PM

    Anyone here can claim to be German :)

    Now it is quite common for TV interviewees in European countries to have poor english!
    what matters is the questions are interesting so we get interesting answer like this interview, unlike 99.9999 of all press promotion interviews, which amount to tired glib rehashing....

  • El Hanso | May 6, 2013 5:15 PM

    I know he's German. So am I. But if, as a TV channel, I get the chance to talk to David Cronenberg for 90 minutes or so, I better get someone who is a little more comfortable with the language or who prepared better. Because for the most part, those questions had been decided on before the interview started. I mean, I also feel bad for the interview guy, because you hear how much he struggles to find the right words. He apparently didn't want to sound stiff, which is a good thing. But in return he sounded insecure and unprepared.

    But thanks for the "moron."

  • BB | May 6, 2013 3:40 PM

    He is German you moron - clearly not speaking in his native language !

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