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Auteurdämmerung: David Cronenberg, George A. Romero, and the Twilight of the (North) American Horror Auteur

Craig Bernardini

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes the careers of David Cronenberg and George A. Romero, charting the evolution of two notable horror film auteurs from their origins in what the rhetoric of crisis has construed ... More


‘Help me be human’: Cronenberg Becomes The Fly

Emma Westwood

in Devil’s Advocates: The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the relationship between Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and his film, The Fly (1986). Even though, as a remake, The Fly had travelled a long way before falling into the ... More


“Beyond Gay”: Dead Ringers and Queer Perceptions

Nick Davis

in The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter begins with a short outline of David Cronenberg’s career, emphasizing feminist and LGBT-centered critiques of his work even as he catapulted from niche-horror director to globally ... More


Body Horror

Bryan Turnock

in Studying Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes Canadian film-maker David Cronenberg as one of the most highly regarded auteurs within the horror genre. During the 1970s and 1980s, from low-budget independents to ... More


‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly’: A ‘Cronenfeld’ Film

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how the idea to remake The Fly reached David Cronenberg. Producer Stuart Cornfeld was introduced to the idea of remaking The Fly by way of playwright/screenwriter Charles Edward ... More


The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Nick Davis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book argues for a new, Deleuzian model of queer cinema as it emerged in the wake of AIDS. This model moves away from identity-based or politically fixed definitions of queerness, arguing instead ... More


‘Be afraid, be very afraid’: Aftermath and Legacy

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter studies the reception and legacy of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). Critical discourse around The Fly leapt on a social anxiety that was generating worldwide media attention at this ... More


First Reel

Luke Aspell

in Devil’s Advocates: Shivers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325970
eISBN:
9781800342545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325970.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the opening scenes of David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975). The exteriors and interiors of Starliner Tower, where the film is located, are played by Tourelle-Sur-Rive on Nuns' ... More


Hard Bodies and Sex-Blobs: Deterritorializing Desire in Naked Lunch and Shortbus

Nick Davis

in The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter highlights symmetries between Cronenberg’s film of Naked Lunch and several other literary adaptations that proved central to 1990s-era New Queer Cinema, a movement that nonetheless ... More


Third Reel

Luke Aspell

in Shivers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325970
eISBN:
9781800342545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325970.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses how, in Shivers (1975), David Cronenberg uses image and sound as discrete channels to extend narrative space and alter the significance of the visual information with the ... More


‘The flesh. It should make the computer, uh, crazy’: Remaking The Fly

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the process of remaking The Fly. Strip out all the special effects from The Fly and you've got a singularly focused and somewhat forthright drama, heavily driven by dialogue with ... More


‘Insects don’t have politics.’ The Fly scene-by-scene: Act Three

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the scenes of Act Three of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). When Veronica arrives at the warehouse, the degeneration of Seth is apparent: Seth walks on sticks like an old man ... More


‘Am I becoming a one hundred-and-eighty-five pound fly?’: The Gestation of The Fly

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates British writer George Langelaan's short fiction titled ‘The Fly’ (1957), and its film adaptation by Kurt Neumann in 1958. David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986) can only truly be ... More


‘I’ve come here to say one magic word to you: cheeseburger.’ The Fly scene-by-scene: Act One

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the scenes of Act One of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). The film opens with a mid-shot of Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) talking to the camera; the next shot determines ... More


Introduction

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). The Fly is a film that may appear uncomplicated in its execution but possesses such innate complexity — including ... More


‘I’ll hurt you if you stay.’ The Fly scene-by-scene: Act Two

Emma Westwood

in The Fly

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325420
eISBN:
9781800342309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325420.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the scenes of Act Two of David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). In Act Two, Seth Brundle makes the transition from amiable and reclusive scientist to predatory and misogynistic ... More


Fifth Reel

Luke Aspell

in Shivers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325970
eISBN:
9781800342545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325970.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews the final scenes of David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975). In a character's description of her ‘very disturbing’ dream where she found herself ‘making love to a strange man’, the ... More


Second Reel

Luke Aspell

in Shivers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325970
eISBN:
9781800342545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325970.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines some of the themes of David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975). Cronenberg's impetus to make horror films had initially come from his recognition of mortality in the ageing process. ... More


Generic Performance and Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

in Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624652
eISBN:
9780748671106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624652.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses performance strategies linked with the science fiction film genre and the special significance of generic performance in contemporary science fiction film. Using David ... More


Shivers

Luke Aspell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325970
eISBN:
9781800342545
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325970.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Shivers (1975) was David Cronenberg's first commercial feature and his first horror film. In a modern apartment block, a scientific project to unleash the id results in the equation of passion with ... More


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