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David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker?

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For more than thirty years, David Cronenberg has made independent films such as Scanners and A History of Violence which aim to disturb, surprise, and challenge audiences. He has also repeatedly drawn on literary fiction for inspiration, adapting themes from authors like William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, and Patrick McGrath for the big screen; David Cronenberg: Author or F ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Intellect Ltd (first published October 1st 2007)
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Aug 14, 2008 Tom rated it liked it
I had been thinking that there needs to be a book about Cronenberg's literary adaptations. This books isn't quite it. Although Browning does discuss these adaptations, he takes a bit of a broader approach and explores Cronenberg's literary influences, which is part of the problem with the book. At times, the connections between the literary sources and Cronenberg's films is a bit of a stretch.

Overall, this is an interesting and well-researched book. Although I didn't always agree with Browning's
Jul 17, 2012 Dominick rated it liked it
Meh. This is, I'm pretty sure, someone's thesis turned into a book, as it bears hallmarks such as the shoehorning in of as many secondary references as possible, regardless of their direct relevance, and strained readings to try to make everything fit the overarching thesis. There are some good observations, but also a great many very tenuous ones. Also, it's not particularly well written, or at any rate well edited. Another round of revision and rethinking was necessary.
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