Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crash (1996)

Crash is a film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on the J. G. Ballard 1973 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable treatment of paraphilia which caused considerable controversy on its release. The film stars James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, and Rosanna Arquette. Crash opened to mixed and highly divergent reactions from critics. While some praised the film for its daring premise and originality, others criticized its combination of graphic sexuality with violence. Although it was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Festival de Cannes, it instead won the special prize for daring, audacity, and originality. The film's notably eerie music score was composed by Howard Shore. Certainly not for the easily offended, Crash nevertheless continues one of the most fascinating filmographies in contemporary cinema - a work that fits comfortably along side films like Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch, films that peer into psychological corners of society not before exposed to the light. Dark, scary, ugly and beautiful, Cronenberg's cinema realizes some of our darkest thoughts.

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