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Imagery with powerful connections to sadism, masochism, and sheer horror is designed to incite an equally powerful reaction, whether imagined by Cronenberg, realized by Baker, or implemented by Michael Lennick, supervisor of the jarring video effects throughout the film. The highly sexual element underscoring violent and ghastly imagery has led to a number of misinterpretations of the film. Critics like Robin Wood have suggested Cronenberg displays disgust with the body, specifically the female body, as he puts it through such torturous imagery and gory transformations. But Wood could not be more wrong. The organic splendor of the director’s imagery eludes Wood, as does the biological rationales behind its origins and eventual emergence. Cronenberg hardly represses the body through disapproval; quite the opposite: he celebrates the body by liberating it from the constraints of standardized Nature, allowing the body to represent both the cerebral and the physical in a single manifestation. Though Cronenberg’s work has sometimes been viewed as sexist, the director would argue his point of view is that of a heterosexual male auteur who values his sexuality. Value judgments are forced on him when critics see sexism in his work, but he creates characters that represent a single individual, not all individuals—stories about a single man or woman, not all men or women, and moreover, his characters (in the case of Videodrome) are fictional. Cronenberg’s work remains intriguing because he avoids making films with direct implications capable of only one reading; rather, his work contains imagery and narratives that incite varied reactions, resulting in a body of work that never fails to stimulate discussion and debate.
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Topics discussed by Barbra Steele in the extra titled ‘Parasite Memories: The Making of Shivers’, include her first encounter with Cronenberg and how she became involved in the film, her thoughts on portraying sinister characters, her approach to acting and working with Cronenberg. Though there is some information that is also covered in the extra titled ‘On Screen!’ the new documentary gives an updated perspective from those involved and also contains a lot of different information about this production from those who worked on this film.
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Der Film lief bereits auf Festivals in den Niederlanden, Frankreich, Mexico, dem Filmfest Braunschweig und dem Pornfilmfest Berlin und wurde in Brasilien mit mehreren Preisen ausgezeichnet.