L.A. Repertory Cinema pick: a mind-bending Cronenberg double bill

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983) and eXistenZ (1999)

Saturday, August 25th at the Egyptian Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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No poster can begin to capture the weirdness: 1983’s VIDEODROME.

Coinciding with the L.A. release of David Cronenberg’s latest, Cosmopolis, a double feature of the director at his most Cronenbergian: Videodrome (1983), starring James Woods and Deborah Harry, and eXistenZ (1999), with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe and Sarah Polley.

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“Du bist das Spiel”: The German poster for EXISTENZ.

This is a double bill to mess with your mind. Videodrome was instantly notorious upon its release, but presumably its freaky vision of sexualized technology only looks more prescient than ever, almost 30 years later. (And maybe not even that radical any more.) The mind-bending thriller eXistenZ was overshadowed by The Matrix in the spring of 1999, but it’s the more subversive, discombobulating movie, not to mention slyly funny.

It’s often noted that an artist has truly made his mark when his name becomes an adjective — an honor only a very few filmmakers have attained. This double feature is a great immersion in all things Cronenbergian, and an opportunity to be reminded of just what a singular, unsettling vision that term describes.

— Mark Tompkins

For more info, visit the Egyptian Theatre website.

 

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