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crash j g ballard

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From the BBC, here’s a short film called Crash! (1971) Director: Harley Cokliss Writer: J.G. Ballard Starring: J.G. Ballard & Gabrielle Drake.  J G Ballard wrote the novel Crash, and David Cronenburg made a feature length movie of it in 1996.

Ballard is preoccupied with cars as the embodiment of 20th century life, how they isolate us and turn us into voyeurs, the violence of life on the road.  There is a long passage on his fixation with how a beautiful woman gets into and out of and walks around a car.

From the Cokliss film:

I think the key image of the 20th Century is the man in the motor car.  It sums up everything:  the elements of speed, drama, aggression, the junction of advertising and consumer goods, the technological landscape, the sense of violence and desire, power and energy, the shared experience of moving together through and elaborately signalled landscape.


Written by Peter Rudd

February 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm

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