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Pervscan on Crash

Author: • Oct 7th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, David Cronenberg, film, sexual politics

Over at the esteemed Pervscan, they’ve picked up on the story we posted here, about Cronenberg’s film Crash being broadcast across English waters, and have answered my question, “Hands up who thinks ‘Crash’ is erotic?” (which I was too lazy to answer myself) with intelligence and insight. From Pervscan: “If you’ve ever seen the very brilliant film Crash, you’d have to wonder to what extent it can justly be called “sexy” or “erotic.” Based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, the film is about a small group of people who develop a fixation with the erotic possibilities of car crashes. <!–more–> And while there is nudity and sex in the film, it’s not exactly erotic. After all, this is not Debbie Does Dallas. It’s not intended to get you hot. It’s intended, like all Cronenberg films, to make you think. … All the same, no doubt Mr. Cronenberg very much enjoyed the thought of his film being broadcast over the lonely seas…there’s something too appropriate about his vision of sexual psychopathology serving as an emergency broadcast signal to the lonely and adrift…”

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