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un produttore, sopravvissuto ad un incidente stradale, conosce e inizia a frequentare insieme a sua moglie un gruppo di persone eroticamente attratte da velocita' e incidenti stradali.*premi e riconoscimenti1998 - 40 i migliori film contemporanei [national film and television archive]1996 - premio della giuria festival di cannes
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Crash 1996 was just plain... controversial.
A decade ago the British press ran a series of front page appeals for governmental pressure to ban a new film which they'd described as "Beyond the bounds of depravity."
The 1973 J.G Ballard novel, on which the film is based, had long been a favourite of mine but as the controversy raged on throughout the summer of `96' it became apparent that the film may never be shown in the U.K. Crash had already been released in France, so by the time this idiocy hit the point where an audience of paraplegics were invited for a special screening to see if they were offended or not, I had no choice but to leave for Paris where exactly one year later Ballard's `cautionary tale' of car crash celebrity deaths would reach an apotheosis of sorts in an underpass at the Pont D'Alma.
Described by its author as "the first pornographic novel about technology" the book is about a group of car crash survivors who, led by deranged T.V scientist Vaughn, see the car crash as a new form of sexual perversion. Vaughn's ultimate fantasy is to die in a head-on collision with the actress Elizabeth Taylor who, throughout the 60's and 70's was the Princess Diana of her day; constantly hounded by the press and ultimately crucified on the beam of her own celebrity.Read more ›
Bisexuality seems to be a recurrent theme amongst Cronrnberg's most recent movies i.e. 'Dead Ringers', 'Naked Lunch' and 'Madame Butterfly'. It's an acknowledgement of that perennial Cronenberg theme, the dominance of the physical over the mental. The characters give free rein to their desires unburdened of society's restrictive mores and conventions. Their criteria for indulging in these rather eccentric pleasures is whether it excites them or not, society's prejudiced definitions of right and wrong don't enter the equation.
As for the idea that [adult relations] and cars go together, this has always been prevelant in our culture, "fast cars, fast women" as the saying goes. The thrill of stepping on the gas has conveyed an orgasmic high in countless films, books and songs. The auto industry readily endorses it if it can sell more cars.
Incidentally, if you enjoyed Videodrome you will probably enjoy this.
The film is set in the near future where society has enveloped itself with technology; the characters are made safe from any danger by this, but find themselves almost instinctively bored; they have a jaded attitude towards most things, and they seek refuge from the pervasive torpor that surrounds them by seeking thrills in more and more extreme ways, leading to the now-infamous car crash fetishism scenes; they derive a sense of being alive by experiencing the few seconds of mayhem that occur during the impact of vehicles.
So this film examines the need for danger and excitement in peoples' lives; forget the fuss caused by the censors back when it was released - this film is way above the level of 'pornography', as I believe Alexander Walker of'The Daily Mail' described it.
If you're prepared to make a leap in how you think about things at a basic level, then try this film; it's not perfect, but it's got something to say...
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The first half is just OK but the rest, I was just waiting for it to finish. Somehow I hoped the characters would die in a car crash conflagration, unfortunately not.Published 9 months ago by Colin Spacecraft Man
Classic David Cronenberg film (not to be confused with the Oscar Winning mediocrity of the same name) based on J G Ballard's novel, one of the most unusual movies around. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M P Crouch
yep I hired the wrong film, started watching this and found it quite disturbing & sick therefore did not watch the end, I should have read the reviews more carefully as I was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by mrs k j milton
Crash is a very difficult film to understand, although it does have good cast that includes James Spader in the title role, however this will not appeal to people who are not... Read morePublished 14 months ago by josh91