1996, David Cronenberg, Canada/UK, 100 min.
With James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas
- Sat, Jun 22nd 7:45pm
- Tue, Jun 25th 8:15pm
"A stunningly beautiful film, one of perversely satisfying passion. Equal parts astonishing and horrifying, CRASH is concise, keenly imaginative and darkly satisfying."—Ray Pride, Newcity
"***½ Challenging, courageous and original—a dissection of the mechanics of pornography."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Body horror maestro David Cronenberg has never demurred from controversy, but, even by his standards, his erotic psychodrama CRASH proved incendiary, drawing raves and pans alike from critics and driving Ted Turner, owner of the film's distribution company, to attempt unsuccessfully to block its release. After being involved in a car accident that takes another driver's life, movie producer James Ballard (Spader, whose character is named for J.G. Ballard, author of the equally provocative source novel) hooks up with another participant in the same accident (Hunter). He finds himself embroiled in a dark underworld of car-accident fetishists, eager to stage disfiguring and potentially deadly wrecks with each other for the sake of their own sexual gratification. Featuring appropriately icy, foreboding contributions from regular collaborators composer Howard Shore and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, CRASH would prove to be one of the essential entries in Cronenberg's filmography, a perfect distillation of his career-long obsessions with human sexuality, bodily distortions, and technology run amok. 35mm. (Cameron Worden)