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    No other director has a body of work quite like that of David Cronenberg, whom we’re celebrating today on his sixty-ninth birthday. But then, no other work seems so focused on the body—what can happen to it, what can come out of it, what can go into it. That Cronenberg is such a cerebral filmmaker makes his corporeal focus all the more compelling. That combo made William S. Burroughs’s heady and squishy Naked Lunch a perfect project for him. To realize a cinematic version of Burroughs’s nonlinear, seemingly untranslatable novel about drug addiction, Cronenberg created physical manifestations of some of the writer’s abstract ideas—like the enormous bug that the film’s exterminator protagonist Bill Lee (Peter Weller) encounters in this scene.

    Naked Lunch was the culmination of Cronenberg’s lifelong fascination with William S. Burroughs. That is just one of the many topics he touches on in the following conversation about his career with Museum of the Moving Image chief curator David Schwartz from 1992, not long after the release of Naked Lunch.


  • By ballewes
    March 15, 2012
    09:09 PM

    Love hearing about Cronenberg's interaction with Burroughs. The anecdotes about Ornette Coleman are fascinating, too... Insightful interview with one of the most humble and inspired filmmakers alive.
  • By azzyistired
    March 16, 2012
    01:12 AM

    cronenberg is gooollldddd! and yes both naked lunch and dead ringers for blu-ray!!
  • By TheHammerer
    March 16, 2012
    01:32 AM

    warners has the rights to dead ringers now, so that probably won't happen... but yes to naked lunch on blu-ray please
  • By dasboot4211
    March 16, 2012
    10:40 AM

    I liked Cronenberg as a film maker until the first time I watched Naked Lunch, then I became a huge fan. The film is brilliant. By the way the first time I saw this film was when Criterion released this film on DVD. I highly recommend it.
  • By Sidney
    March 16, 2012
    05:19 PM

    Cronenberg always made the best horror films, and this is one of them.
  • By Eufracil P.
    March 16, 2012
    11:14 PM

    I want crash pleaseeeeee!!!!!!!!.....
  • By Corby D.
    March 18, 2012
    01:15 PM

    Cronenberg is my favorite director, so I think all of his films deserve a Criterion release in DVD and BlueRay. I'm most upset by the absence of a Crash re-release, since Criterion did a laserdisc edition once upon a time. The knowledge that he did a commentary track that I've never gotten to hear upsets me to no end.
  • By JonnyCat
    March 12, 2013
    05:09 PM

    Please DO NOT put this on BLU RAY! Cheers