V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

NAKED LUNCH

V' 11

NAKED LUNCH

David Cronenberg
GB/Kanada/Japan, 1991
Fiction, 115min, OF

NAKED LUNCH

David Cronenberg
GB/Kanada/Japan, 1991
Fiction, 115min, OF

Actors: 
Peter Weller
Bill Lee
Judy Davis
Joan Frost/Joan Lee
Ian Holm
Tom Frost
Julian Sands
Yves Cloquet
Roy Scheider
Dr. Benway
Monique Mercure
Fadela
Contributors: 
Special Effects
Chris Walas
Screenplay: 
David Cronenberg nach dem Roman von William S. Bourroughs
Sound: 
Brian Day
Camera: 
Peter Suschitzky
Editor: 
Ron Saunders
Composer: 
Howard Shore
Decoration: 
Carol Spier
Costume: 
Denise Cronenberg

Production: 
Recorded Picture Company, Naked Lunch Productions, Film Trustees, Nippon Film Development and Finance, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Téléfilm Canada
Format: 
35 mm
Color

David Cronenberg has described his “adaptation of Burroughs’ book” as if he and the author had ventured into The Fly’s telepod together and produced an unexpected hybrid. This is not any kind of direct transposition of an intangible and hallucinatory text, but a film on the act of writing itself, with fictional narcotics as a guiding factor and the biography of Burroghs as an anecdotal reference point. Interzone is no longer the junkies’ haven of Tangiers but a studio creation of an interior world, sliding from Moroccan markets stalls to hotel rooms looking surrealistically out to views of Central Park. Aside from a few absurd monologues there is little in the script that is recognizably drawn from Burroughs’ text, and the explosive comic creation Dr. Benway (enacted by Burroughs himself in a memorable BBC Arena programme) has been transformed into the cameo role of another sinister, power-crazed scientist from the Cronenberg universe. (David Thompson)

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