Before there was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, there was David Cronenberg.
Since his first, early low-budget horror film, the Toronto filmmaker has helped spread the word that there’s something not quite right about us Canadians. We may be polite and nice on the surface, but underneath – well, watch Dead Ringers, Rabid or Scanners to get a sense of what’s really going on beneath our placid surface(s).
And now, Cronenberg is getting the retrospective he deserves. Beginning April 3 and ongoing until May 2, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents From Within: The Films Of David Cronenberg. A comprehensive series, From Within follows the career trajectory of the director, from early films like The Came From Within and Rabid to recent films like Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis, along with mid-career masterpieces/oddities The Fly, Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch. The retrospective kicks off April 3 with an opening night that includes refreshments and a newly restored director’s cut of Videodrome (the one with James Woods, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and a VCR). Ernest Mathijs, UBC Film Studies Professor and author of The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero will introduce the 1983 cult classic.
The retrospective was organized by the Toronto International Film Festival and features newly struck 35mm prints and new digital restorations from Cronenberg’s oeuvre.
From the press release: “From his earliest, most scandalously subversive films, Cronenberg’s visceral cinema has been drawn to issues of the body, and body horror — to the uncharted territories within the human, psychological, biological and sexual. ‘For me,’ Cronenberg has said, ‘the body is the first fact of human existence.’”
Well (and creepily) said, Mr. Cronenberg!
For more info, visit the Cinematheque’s From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg page.