A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Two bodies. Two minds. One soul.
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
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“I think you two have never come to terms with the way it really does work between you.”
Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons) are brilliant but disturbed, that much is certain. Even as young boys, they showed an understandable fascination with the female reproductive anatomy coupled with a disturbing lack of human emotion. Better to be fish, they theorized—that way they could reproduce without interpersonal contact. Their view of the female body as a laboratory specimen has brought them a successful gynecological practice in Toronto and much acclaim—the Mantle retractor is the industry standard. But their desire to be fish has remained. Their ultramodern office and equally modern high-rise apartment resemble nothing so much as meticulously…
3 months before Ivan Reitman's cuddly comedy Twins, came Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. The immense dark to Arnie's saccharine light.
Within only a handful of scenes, Cronenberg paints raw body images with stark, frank dialogue. There's talk of sex, periods, the uterus, surgery and a mutant cervix. The mood now suitably set for Jeremy Iron's incredible dual role of the identical Mantle twins - to pierce and settle under your skin.
Really, Irons is the focus here. Subtle changes in face and body differentiate the bonded brothers. Easy to tell apart and with a riveting duality, it's an absolute beast of a performance that inevitably puts everything outside of 'them' in a less interesting, less demanding shade.
I'll admit, I lost…
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Whenever brothers and the relationship between them is the central focus of a movie, no matter how unrealistic or melodramatic this bond may be portrayed I always find myself actively involved with the story and characters on more than just a mere superficial level. I can relate to these characters as I have a brother and I know how special this connection is.
Jeremy Irons plays identical twins Beverly (Bev) and Elliot (Eli) Mantle, two highly respected gynecologists. They understand each other perfectly and share everything, including their apartment, their job and their women, living vicariously through each other. Eli is the more sociable, casual, confident and aggressive one while Bev is…
Jeremy Irons has palpable sexual chemistry with Jeremy Irons.
Partially based on a real-life story of twin gynecologists, David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers is a delirious delve into a psychological relationship between brothers with an inseparable bond. Cronenberg is less interested in the sexual implications of their connection, and invests his film more into the examination of the psychological connection that the two possibly share. Jeremy Irons gives a groundbreaking performance as both of the twins, at times appearing on screen simultaneously, a marvelous feat for its time. Surprisingly, this isn't a film that rides on its gimmick of a dual performance (which I realize isn't as incredible anymore, given the number of double performances we've had since then). This is a mad mix of a body horror in the…
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This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect and most disturbing aspect of the film, Jeremy Irons' performance, to shine fully. Apart from some moments where the twins' minds start melding, there is not much doubt whose personality we're looking at, even though they don't look that different…
I need to rewatch. I seem to remember being underwhelmed by this, compared to other Cronenberg, but even then I knew I needed to rewatch it.
A superb but subtle dual-performance from Jeremny Irons and disturbing undercurrents that evoke abjection is what makes this one of Cronenberg's best and most memorable films. Along with Naked Lunch and to a certain extent Crash, Dead Ringers occupies the liminal space between the director's early visceral, but no less cerebral body-horror works and his later psychologically-orientated films. A bizarre, unique film.
Well, that was, hmmm, different!
Cronenberg focuses less on the sex in this one and more the character relations built around it. Character dynamics built on the psychological connection between them. But where i feel the film faulters is its balance between this connection the brothers have with women and the drug addiction that then follows. It's weird as hell and it doesn't make sense. Jeremy Irons performance is what really sells this film and elevates it from being "just okay" to something good quite entertaining.
Truth is, I don't know what to think of this one. I just needed to write
[...] Bis auf eine Traumsequenz bietet Die Unzertrennlichen keinen klassischen Body Horror. Vielmehr ist der normale menschliche Körper bereits ein solch absurdes Konstrukt der Natur. Eine Hülle, die der Mensch mit seinem vermeintlich unabhängigen Geist füllt. Drumherum der Versuch, sich dieser Naturkraft zu widersetzen. Die Zwillinge im Fokus von Die Unzertrennlichen (Jeremy Irons und Jeremy Irons) sind als Ärzte die Götter der künstlichen Natur. Ihre Position als Gynäkologen, die Frauen ermöglichen, Kinder zu bekommen, verstärkt die Schöpfer-Symbolik zusätzlich. Beverly und Elliot Mantel sind schon längst nicht mehr nur Teil dieser artifiziellen Evolution. Ihre rationale Pragmatik scheint sie weniger rückschrittlich zu entmenschlichen, denn als Wesen zu zeichnen, die sich über den Menschen hinwegbewegt haben. Demnach sind sie das Produkt des Fortschritts, das menschgewordene Geschwür dieses David Cronenberg-Films. [...]
Two twin brothers own a gynecologist practice and believe that they are indiscernible. When proof of the contrary surfaces, their reality starts to fall apart.
- Jeremy Irons is super great in this and it's so wonderful to see that he fully understands both of the brothers and the nature of their relationship.
- The last half hour is the kind of poetry in motion that I love to see in Cronenberg's work.
- Seeing something so cool like this film make me hate Cronenberg's latest work even more.
The plot doesn't really matter in the film because it's a case study about twin brothers who see themselves as one entity. And I think it can be relatable to sibling…
the deterioration of a soul and its spirit like a sandwich on a brushed steel countertop.
i fully let myself into this film and, despite Cronenbergs suuuuper clinical and cold style, it got me. Its not as fucked up or stomach-knottingly gnarly as his other films but its so fucking sad and destructive and really reminded me of things close to home.
probably my favourite Cronenberg alongside eXistenZ.
I believe that every time I watch a new Cronenberg movie, I'm going to be impressed. Four movies into his filmography, every one of his films has impressed me. Each one was also different from each other, with only a few threads tying them together, showing that they indeed are done by Cronenberg.
It is no different for Dead Ringers. I could see some of the similarities in his other films I've seen, but it's more like The Brood, where it isn't necessarily a body horror film, but has only a few scenes with it. I know that Cronenberg is seen as one of the founders of the body horror genre, but it seems that his works are more spread…
Δυο identical twins που ζουν identical lives οδηγούνται σταδιακά στον ψυχικό διχασμό με τραγική έκβαση. Η καλύτερη ερμηνεία του J. Irons στο διπλό ρόλο, άθλος φωτογραφίας με τα "δίδυμα πλάνα" να μοιάζουν φυσικά, σε μια ταινία όπου ο Cronenberg σου μεταδίδει την ψυχρή νοσηρότητα του, όχι με σιχασιές και βιο- χλαπάτσες αλλά με καλλιτεχνική υπαινικτικότητα.
Vintage Cronenberg and already a classic in every sense of the word. Never saw Jeremy Irons play better.
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