VIDEO: David Cronenberg talks about Cosmopolis: “The book worked so beautifully as a movie”

David Cronenberg sat down with Arte (France) to talk about Cosmopolis and gave great insight into the film. The video is dubbed but if you get into a zen space and channel David’s voice, you can hear what he’s saying. Ommmmmmmmmm

Some notes I gathered from the interview in case the dubbing makes you scream:

  • The book worked beautifully as a movie.
  • Important to remember that you’re not translating a book, you’re making a movie.
  • Thought it was more interesting to keep the characters in a confined space because Eric has power.
  • Felt it was better that Didi came to Eric and he didn’t go to her.
  • The limo is luxurious with drinks, food, toilets, everything.
  • Sitting in the limo, being in the limo is like being inside Eric’s head. You’re not in the real world.
  • Great metaphor of the limo as a submarine, under siege, going through alien territory. Eric can only breath if he’s in the limo and when he goes out into the ocean, he drowns.
  • During the course of the day, Eric discovers that he’s trapped, he’s a prisoner and he’s not free.
  • Eric discovers an obscure, dangerous way to be free.
  • He has simplified his filmmaking.
  • Discusses how we invent money yet we can’t control it at all. It has its own life and can destroy people. His relationship with money is straightforward and he’s not really a money person. He tries to keep it as simple as possible.

This was cool. Makes me want to go to the master class in Paris. :( *sad chauffeur* C’est la vie. Maybe something will happen in Canada. The limo can travel there. :)

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  • Debbie

    “Great metaphor of the limo as a submarine, under siege, going through alien territory. Eric can only breath if he’s in the limo and when he goes out into the ocean, he drowns.” How brilliant is that.

  • http://emeraldkate.wordpress.com emeraldkate

    Some dubbing drives me mad but I was totally able to zone in and listen to this. Love listening to David talk, such a wise man.

  • pausner

    Where in toronto did they meet with DC? Is that his office (with the gigantic centipede on the bookshelf)? It’s the only strange thing that I can see, however.