I exchanged a tweet or two with you about Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. I hated it on first viewing. The sparseness, stillness and mundane visuals never quite bringing to life the absurd dialogue. Then I watched it again. And again. And now I think it's a pretty much a weird and fascinating masterpiece. I know you like it and wondered if you would mind sharing some more thoughts on the film?
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” The theatrical dialogue, the back-projection, the set pieces: all of these things work with the contexts and presented facts to present alienation in an alienated way. Eric Packer lives in the science fiction condition. At one point, in his glowing information-highway limo, he even says, “Why am I seeing things that haven’t happened yet?”
There is, in fact, a possible reading of COSMOPOLIS wherein Packer comes apart simply because humans cannot exist inside an event-stream of that intensity for that long. In fact, if you really squint at it — look how Sarah Gadon is made-up, lit and presented in each shot. Look to see who, aside from Packer, actually interacts with her. What if Packer’s wife isn’t actually there?
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”—Stephen King (via cup-of-letters)