There’s a moment I liked here where Sophie Calle is trying to conduct man on the street interviews about money, and one of her subjects opens with the glib observation that no one can ever have enough. As Calle presses him about his personal life, with a camera and two strangers to save face in front of, he claims that he doesn’t actually need any more money, and the bit goes completely south. “There’s never enough, except for you?” The guy dissembles for a bit and walks away, and Calle laughs in disbelief as she facepalms at how badly her art project is going.
This was running in a loop, so ultimately I watched it two and a half times in a row. And coming in halfway through the first time turned out to be pretty crucial to my enjoyment of it. As I sat through the first complete watch, I thought it was OK, but then at the end I found the last few shots to be very beautiful and realized that they hadn’t even registered with me when I had seen them…
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I think it’s the best thing Cronenberg ever did, the counterpoint to Videodrome’s depiction of what it’s like to fall apart from the inside. There’s so much about Brundlefly’s plight that I can personally relate to, but the hardest part for me to watch has always been the attack on Stathis at the end. It’s so horrifyingly brutal that I’m always a little afraid to watch The Fly no matter how many times I see it.
I do wonder what…
The first time I ever saw this, I was in my early teens. I watched it alone at home on some fall night. Somehow I wasn't spoiled on the plot, even though I'd read a little about it and had seen some production stills at some point, so I had a basic idea going in that there was a farmhouse under siege by walking corpses that could be held at bay by fire. Something about Ben's struggles in the farmhouse…