Cinema of David Cronenberg From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero

ISBN-10: 1905674651

ISBN-13: 9781905674657

Edition: 2008

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David Cronenberg has become one of North America's most respected movie directors. Since the early seventies, the soft-spoken Baron of Blood has attracted widespread controversy with a steady stream of shock--sex crazed parasites in Shivers (1975), exploding heads in Scanners (1981), revolutionary flesh technology in Videodrome (1983), mutating bugs in The Fly (1986), car-crash scars in Crash (1996), and psychopathic bursts of gun violence in A History of Violence (2005). This book provides an overview of Cronenberg's films in light of their international reception.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Son of a Scottish shepherd and descended from minstrels, Hogg led a life that has the fictional quality Thomas Hardy was to capture later in the century in his novels of country life. After meeting Sir Walter Scott in 1802, Hogg adopted the name "Ettrick Shepherd," a pseudonym under which he published original lyrics and ballads. In 1814 Hogg met William Wordsworth and enjoyed literary friendships in the Lake District, although he parodied the other poets' styles and mannerisms in The Poetic Mirror (1816). He married at age 50 and fathered five children, whom he tried to support by the same kind of unproductive farming at which Robert Burns had labored a generation before. Like Burns, his convivial nature and verbal talents won him a following in fashionable society, especially after the publication of his first novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824), when he was 53 years old. The first novel to explore psychological aberrations, it traces the collapse of a personality under the pressure of social conformity, native superstition, and religious excess. Since the introduction by Andre Gide to the 1947 Cresset edition, it has acquired an academic following and a new popularity. There is a James Hogg Society, founded in 1982, which publishes a newsletter.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Cinema, Reality and What to Make of It
Exploration and Experimentation: Stereo and Crimes of the Future
Revolution and Rage: Shivers and Rabid
Cars and Races: Fast Company and The Italian Machine
Cult Curio: The Brood and Scanners
Politics and Paranoia: Videodrome and The Dead Zone
Science and Progress: The Fly and Dead Ringers
Muses and Machos: Naked Lunch and M. Butterfly
Scars and Wrecks: Crash
Cues and Clues: eXistenZ and Spider
Family Affairs: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises
Notes
Filmography
Bibliography
Index
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