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13. November 2012

David Cronenberg - Stereo

Who believes in telepathic interaction… can someone read my mind while I'm typing these lines?

David Cronenberg is one of my favourite directors exploring the pitfalls of the human psyche against the background of scientific progress.

His recent most movies Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method showed the darker sides of Robert Pattinson and Keira Knightly, however, he is more famous for his 70/80 horror movies like Videodrome, The Fly, Shivers and Rabid.

I recently saw his  debut from 1969. Stereo documents an experiment in which a group of young volunteers who are being endowed with telepathic abilities are encouraged to develop through sexual exploration. It is hoped that telepathic groups, bonded in polymorphous sexual relationships, will form a socially stabilising replacement for the "obsolescent family unit".

Sounds like hippies? I wouldn‘t bet on it.

The movie is experimental and very strict in a formal sense: there is no live sound, but a voice-over spoken by different narrators who sound as if they are taking turns reading from the same medical journal. It is brilliantly shot in black and white and sustains a claustrophobic mood over the whole 65 minutes.

The link is a 10 minute fan edit adding some music from This Mortal Coil and Raison D’Etre. But I also recommend to watch the whole movie if you have a chance.