From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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David Cronenberg is joined by a number of esteemed guests, as well as several of his closest collaborators past and present, to introduce numerous screenings for our complete retrospective of his vastly influential oeuvre, featuring several new prints and restorations commissioned especially for this programme.

Films in From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg

    • Spider
    • David Cronenberg
    • Released to a halfway house on the seedy side of London, a mentally disturbed outpatient (Ralph Fiennes) finds the ghosts of his traumatic past rising before him, in Cronenberg's moody adaptation of the novel by Patrick McGrath.

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    • The Brood
    • David Cronenberg
    • An emotionally disturbed woman materializes her rage as a swarm of sexless, murderous children that take vengeance on those who have wronged her.

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    • Elijah Siegler on The Brood with David Cronenberg
    • Religious Studies scholar Elijah Siegler considers the place of religion and its felt absence in Cronenberg's oeuvre prior to the screening of The Brood, and will be joined by the director himself for an onstage dialogue following the film.

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    • M. Butterfly
    • David Cronenberg
    • A French civil servant (Jeremy Irons) in Mao's China falls in love with a beautiful opera singer (John Lone) — not realizing that "she" is both a man and a spy — in Cronenberg's adaptation of the acclaimed stage play by David Henry Hwang.

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    • Crash
    • David Cronenberg
    • Cronenberg's masterful, icily fascinating adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel was one of the most lauded and controversial films of his career.

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    • Noah Cowan on Crash
    • TIFF Bell Lightbox Artistic Director Noah Cowan considers the intertwining of evolution, desire and contemporary science fiction in his introduction to Cronenberg's envisioning of the notorious J.G. Ballard novel.

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    • A History of Violence
    • David Cronenberg
    • One of Cronenberg's greatest and most complex works, this combination of searing psychological thriller and ingeniously subtle social allegory focuses on a small-town Everyman (Viggo Mortensen) who finds his hidden past catching up with him after he brutally foils an attempted stick-up.

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    • A Dangerous Method
    • David Cronenberg
    • The personal and professional relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) is put to the test by the arrival of a beautiful, troubled young patient (Keira Knightley), in Cronenberg's ambitious drama about the heroic age of psychoanalysis.

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    • A Dangerous Method with Panel Discussion
    • David Cronenberg and four of his longtime collaborators — costume designer Denise Cronenberg, editor Ron Sanders, composer Howard Shore and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky — take the stage following the screening of A Dangerous Method to discuss this ambitious vision of the heroic age of psychoanalysis.

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    • Naked Lunch
    • David Cronenberg
    • David Cronenberg fused episodes from William S. Burroughs' notorious (and notoriously unfilmable) novel with elements from the writer's biography and his own unique imaginings to create this surreal, shocking, hilarious, poetic, conceptually and visually striking masterpiece.

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    • Naked Lunch introduced by Howard Shore
    • Academy Award-winning composer and longtime Cronenberg collaborator Howard Shore introduces our screening of Naked Lunch.

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    • Crimes of the Future
    • David Cronenberg
    • A research scientist searches for his mad mentor after a plague triggered by cosmetics eliminates all sexually mature women and hideously mutates the surviving men, in Cronenberg's eerie, conceptually ambitious second independent film.

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    • Rabid
    • David Cronenberg
    • Porn star Marilyn Chambers stars in David Cronenberg's second feature as a young Quebec woman who undergoes an experimental plastic surgery treatment that transforms her into a blood-lusting, sexually insatiable disease-spreader.

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    • Scanners
    • David Cronenberg
    • A powerful telepath (a.k.a. "scanner") finds himself caught in the middle of a war between a sinister weapons firm and a scanner renegade, in David Cronenberg's slick (and memorably gory) sci-fi thriller.

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    • Shivers
    • David Cronenberg
    • A sluglike parasite transforms the swinging residents of a Montreal condo into a legion of sex-crazed zombies, in David Cronenberg's controversial first professional feature.

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    • The Dead Zone
    • David Cronenberg
    • Adapted from the Stephen King bestseller, Cronenberg's first Hollywood feature stars Christopher Walken as a mild-mannered schoolteacher who awakens from a coma to discover that he can see the future of anyone with whom he makes physical contact.

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    • Eastern Promises
    • David Cronenberg
    • Cronenberg reunited with his History of Violence star Viggo Mortensen for this pungently seamy, London-set underworld drama.

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    • The Fly
    • David Cronenberg
    • David Cronenberg's remake of the fondly remembered 1950s creature feature — about a brilliant, eccentric scientist (Jeff Goldblum) who finds himself undergoing a hideous transformation following a botched teleportation experiment — is one of the signature films in his oeuvre.

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    • Videodrome
    • David Cronenberg
    • A mysterious pirate station lures a cocky Toronto cable entrepreneur (James Woods) into the reality-warping world of the "new flesh," in David Cronenberg's prescient and vastly influential vision of a media age run amok.

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    • eXistenZ
    • David Cronenberg
    • Cronenberg reboots Videodrome for the virtual age in this sci-fi thriller about a video-game designer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her would-be protector (Jude Law) who plunge into the reality-warping dimensions of her new gameworld.

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    • Dead Ringers
    • David Cronenberg
    • Jeremy Irons gives a pair of remarkable performances as twin gynecologists whose symbiotic bond leads them towards mutual self-destruction, in one of Cronenberg's most sophisticated fusions of the physical and the cerebral.

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    • Fast Company
    • David Cronenberg
    • One of Cronenberg's most uncharacteristic films, this action-packed drag-racing drama attests to the director's gearhead fascination with cars and machinery.

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    • Cosmopolis
    • David Cronenberg
    • Cronenberg's ambitious adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel follows a billionaire New York financier (Robert Pattinson) as he traverses a rapidly crumbling city in the backseat of his limousine on the way to a fateful (and perhaps fatal) appointment.

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    • Stereo with David Cronenberg's Short Films
    • Filmed in black and white on the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto, Cronenberg's first short feature announced the arrival of a powerful new cinematic imagination.

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    • The Fly with Stephan Dupuis
    • The Academy Award-winning special effects and prosthetics designer discusses his work co-creating the memorably gruesome effects for David Cronenberg's brilliant remake of the 1950s creature feature.

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    • eXistenZ with Carol Spier
    • The Genie Award-winning production designer discusses creating the surreal gameworld of Cronenberg's virtual-reality thriller.

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    • Christine Ramsay on Dead Ringers
    • Film scholar Christine Ramsay explores the cultural significance of "the double" and the ways in which it has informed the archetype of the twin in David Cronenberg's masterpiece Dead Ringers.

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    • Piers Handling on Videodrome
    • In his introduction to this pivotal film in the Cronenberg canon, TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling considers how the role of the Cronenberg protagonist changes as they began to wrestle with issues of control over their lives.

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Though David Cronenberg has always preferred the original title for his first professional feature (Shivers) to the title applied to the film for its US release version — They Came From Within — the latter is nevertheless an uncannily apt descriptor of the themes that Cronenberg would continue to explore throughout his works. Where the majority of artists of Cronenberg's generation who were drawn to science fiction sought to explore the mysteries of time and space, Cronenberg has continually been drawn to those of body and mind — to the uncharted territories within the human, psychological, biological and sexual. Whether working within the more explicitly genre-based framework of his earlier period, or merging his distinctive vision with those of other ambitious and acclaimed artists (Burroughs, Ballard, DeLillo), Cronenberg has remained both remarkably consistent and remarkably fluid in his thematic concerns. Beginning "from within," his oeuvre traces a journey that moves steadily without, to the social and political world in which those inner drives manifest themselves in ever more complex and interconnected ways.

Comprising several newly struck 35mm prints and newly prepared digital presentations created by TIFF especially for this series, this full retrospective of Cronenberg's films constitutes one of the pillars of The Cronenberg Project.

—Piers Handling & Noah Cowan