Cronenberg on Cronenberg

With films such as The Brood and Videodrome, David Cronenberg established himself as Canada s most provocative director With subsequent movies such as The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch, Cronenberg demonstrated his ability not only to touch painful nerves but also to invest his own developing genre with seriousness, philosophical dimension and a rare emoWith films such as The Brood and Videodrome, David Cronenberg established himself as Canada s most provocative director With subsequent movies such as The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch, Cronenberg demonstrated his ability not only to touch painful nerves but also to invest his own developing genre with seriousness, philosophical dimension and a rare emotional intensity.Cronenberg on Cronenberg charts his development from maker of inexpensive exploitation cinema to internationally renowned director of million dollar movies, and reveals the concerns and obsessions which continue to dominate his increasingly rich and complex work This edition, with an additional chapter, follows Cronenberg s work up to the creation of Crash.
Cronenberg on Cronenberg With films such as The Brood and Videodrome David Cronenberg established himself as Canada s most provocative director With subsequent movies such as The Dead Zone The Fly Dead Ringers and Naked Lu

  • Title: Cronenberg on Cronenberg
  • Author: David Cronenberg Chris Rodley
  • ISBN: 9780571191376
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Cronenberg on Cronenberg”

    1. Fascinating book on this seminal film-maker (actor and writer) with so many relatable stories about creation, and developing artistic projects into a seemingly "finished" product. I'm enjoying this "Directors on Directors" series of books very much (recently read Lynch on Lynch also).

    2. This was another book where I kept turning down the corners of the pages because I liked a particular sentence or paragraph. It's a very readable format, put together from Rodley's conversations with Cronenberg over several years, and presented in the form of brief scene-setting by Rodley followed by Cronenberg speaking directly to the reader. I thought Rodley provided just the right amount of context before sitting back and letting Cronenberg do the talking. And the man himself certainly has pl [...]

    3. What can I say if you love Cronenberg, you'll love this. Like all the greats, he didn't give a damn what anyone thought about how "out there" his ideas were, and was never afraid to go too far. This book gives me courage.I love this series of books I would recommend these to anyone wanting to get into film/learn how to write screenplays, and suggest they stay the hell away from those Syd Field style hack books and those bougse film schools. The only way to learn is by watching the movies you lov [...]

    4. Desde los comienzos hasta Butterfly. El propio Cronenberg se explica en largas respuestas que son parte del Nuevo Testamento.

    5. David Cronenberg is my favourite director at the moment, so this book of interviews gave a lot of food for thought. (a lot!)It was fun to discover that the way David made low-budget arthouse films in Canada during the 70s is almost exactly the way we shoot low-budget films in Lithuania today. There was no film industry in Canada either, and they wouldn't even state-finance films when Cronenberg began shooting them (he first got funding for a novel and shot a film instead).If you want something - [...]

    6. A book about ideas and the intellectual musings of an out of the ordinary filmmaker.The book focuses on the early to mid era Cronenberg, from his pre-film life where a lot of his later fascinations are planted, his first films and the very exciting culture they were created in. And then walks on to his era of masterpieces (Videodrome, The Fly and Naked Lunch). Unfortunately it's brief and while it starts strong a lot of the same sentiments are repeated throughout, but any fan of Cronenberg would [...]

    7. Have been taking more of an interest in books like these of late, especially as I would like to have another go at directing.This collection of interviews with David Cronenberg by Chris Rodley is something of an eye opener and has been a wonder opportunity for me to revisit some of his best works. But overall I didn't find this one as moving or nearly as inspirational as Rodley's interviews with David Lynch.Happy to have read it and there are certainly some fundamental pointers in here, but didn [...]

    8. I bought and read this because I recently hosted a two-weekend-long film festival in which we screened the near-complete filmography of David Cronenberg, from his earliest student films through his latest movie, "Maps to the Stars." Having a book like this on the coffee table makes a nice diversion to page through while we cue up the next feature. I've owned a few other books in this series, including Herzog and Cassavetes, and they're all consistently great. Since all of the books in the series [...]

    9. A series of essays edited together from co-writer's Chris Rodley's conversations with director Cronenberg from his first short films up through his (at-the-time) latest movie Crash. I picked this book up after having a small re-exploration of Cronenberg's films last winter & since his movies are still pretty niche, these interviews themselves will probably only be of interest to Cronenberg's fans or aspiring movie-makers.Cronenberg is not someone whose kept quiet about his interests or why h [...]

    10. Cronenberg was the 1st horror director to get me interested in the genre. I saw "Scanners" in a movie theater in Baltimore in the 1980s & I was hooked. He's still one of my favorite directors but I keep waiting for him to become even more transcendentally brilliant & he doesn't quite make it. I love the early stuff I've been able to check out: "Shivers", "Rabid", "The Brood", "Scanners", "Videodrome" - & then started to lose interest in him from around "The Dead Zone" onward. I mean, [...]

    11. This was a fascinating read! I was expecting merely a treatise and analysis on the man's movies but throughout the course of the book, Cronenberg waxes lyrical on politics, religion, sexuality, morality, social economics, the age old drama of screen violence, scriptwriting, casting a movie, rehearsals, financing your first film, the influence and opinion of peers and a whole plethora of other topics, all backed with sound and left of circle logic and reasoning.I found the interviews overwhelming [...]

    12. Well, I do really like Cronenberg and was inspired to read this book because of an exhibition/retrospective of his works in a museum in Prague. The edition of this book that I read is well dated and stops at about the halfway mark of his filmography to date. But given the director's own insightful voice on the creative process, many parts of the film are pure food for thought - such as his obsession with the theme of transformation, his literary influences, and some things he says, such as his o [...]

    13. "It’s make-believe, dress-up; creating things that didn’t exist before . . . if you don’t have that sense of being a child, you can’t make movies as an adult. There comes a point when you’re asking this guy to stick on a funny moustache, put on clothes he doesn’t normally wear and say things he doesn’t normally say. You’re asking people to believe it. You can’t do that as an adult. It’s not an adult thing to do. Underneath the patina of professionalism and the veneer of artis [...]

    14. While I can't say that I'm a big fan of every one of Cronenberg's films (some of them are way too gory and explicit for me), he is one of my favorite Canadian film directors. I really enjoyed The Fly and Videodrome ever since I first saw them both in the 10th grade, and I think that everyone, whether they're a fan of his style and techniques or not, can find at least something about his work that they can appreciate. This book explains everything about David Cronenberg, from his backstory all th [...]

    15. A fantastic book, following the usual Faber style, with David Cronenberg and Chris Rodley working really well together. Recounting and relating how his childhood led on to his later vision, this goes through all of his films - from the notorious shorts and early shockers, that really pissed off the Canadian film folk (until they realised how much profit they made), up to "The Naked Lunch", this is an invaluable resource on a great director. Excellent stuff.

    16. This is a great book for anyone who wants insight on David's work such as his writing and directing process,his inspirations and the trials he had to endure and overcome to simply get most of his films made from flaky producers and prudish censors.The volume I have covers his early films such as Shivers and Rabid up to the film Crash. I imagine we will see a updated volume at some point down the road but this book is still worth picking up if you have a interest in the films of Cronenberg.

    17. I’m not a big fan of books on cinematic criticism, but this works because most of it is, as the title implies, Cronenberg writing about Cronenberg. The insight is solid, but the glimpses of what might have been are also very interesting. Videodrome’s coda, of the life of the new flesh. Cronenberg doing Total Recall. A comedy movie featuring addictive insects. And perhaps most interestingly, a modernized Frankenstein.

    18. Not so much a book BY Cronenberg as a book constructed out of extensive interview quotations by editor Chris Rodley, this overview of Cronenberg's career offers up a good array of Cronenberg's own direct observations about his work, censorship, and other relevant topics. A worthwhile read for the Cronenberg fan.

    19. While it contains interesting insights about Cronenberg's motivations, is very much of its time (1992, as Naked Lunch was being released to film), and so contains no reference to any of the work that followed that. Obviously.

    20. Such a delight to get to peer into the mind of David Cronenberg. This book succeeded in providing some of his own insight into his films without ever bordering on arrogance. To be clear, he does not give succinct ideas about what his films mean to him; it is not a tract of pieces telling the reader how to view and interpret his films.

    21. Cronenberg is a wonderful filmmaker. This book contains the story of himself and his work -- in his own words. The man is crazy -- in a good way. This whole book was a real pleasure. I couldn't put it down.

    22. another awesome book in this series. cronenberg is a weird dude and it comes across in the book. who else could accurately talk about the connections between eroticism, parasites, psychology & technology?

    23. Cronenberg's influences and interests are totally unsurprising. Interesting to read his musings on art and inspiration and the societal responsibility of artists, though. An articulate and eloquent man who has made me want to throw up many times.

    24. edited and written in a way that provides clarity for cronenberg's work. an incredibly interesting read that provides perspective on the creative process, and full of very memorable moments deserving of a bookmark

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