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The Fly

USA 1986. Dir: David Cronenberg. 96 min. 35mm

NEW 35mm PRINT! Cronenberg’s superb AIDS-era remake of the 1958 horror/sci-fi classic stars Jeff Goldblum as a brilliant scientist whose genetic material is accidentally fused with that of a fly during the testing of a revolutionary new teleportation device. Geena Davis co-stars as the journalist with whom he has recently begun a relationship. Goldblum’s metamorphosis from mild-mannered mensch to monster can be read as a parable about violent amour fou and loss of self — The Fly, for all its visceral grisliness, is an intensely moving love story — and also as an allegory for the ravages of disease. With the subsequent Dead Ringers, it provided stellar proof of a mature and increasingly masterful Cronenberg.

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At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World at the Last Cinema in the World
France 2007. Director: David Cronenberg. 4 min. HDCAM

Cronenberg himself plays a man preparing to shoot himself on TV, while commentators discuss the role of Jews in cinema. Made as part of an anthology of shorts commissioned for the 60th Cannes Film Festival.

 

REVIEWS

"What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation."

LA Times | full review

"A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance."

Time | full review