All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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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…
Happy Birthday, David Cronenberg! Thanks for creating these strange, fucked-up pieces of art that get to the soul of human existence, in all its fleshy, cerebral glory. Dead Ringers will continue to resonate with the most. The nature of identity and what shapes who we are has never been constructed in such a clinical, piercing way before. Psychologically astute with two brilliantly nuanced performances from the great Jeremy Irons is only the icing on the cake of what this picture has to offer. Geneviève Bujold does a marvelous job as the bridge between the twin brothers, being a headstrong, yet empathic presence for the audience as the minds of the twins deteriorate before our very eyes, manifesting into flesh in…
I wanted chilling, emotional and disturbing, but what I got was cold, dull and a little nasty.
Apparently Dead Ringers is Cronenberg's third highest rated film on Letterboxd after The Fly and Videodrome, although I'm not sure I can see why. It's kind of blend of his early body horror films and his recent more realistic "emotional" films like A History of Violence, but not as good as either of those. Jeremy Irons knocks it out of the park ofcourse with his dual performance, but aside from that, there's really not much to see here. That's not to say that the film is bad per se, just...underwhelming. Really underwhelming, which is really uncommon for Cronenberg. Cronenberg was clearly aiming for…
Coolidge Corner - 35mm
Una tipica pelicula de Cronenberg, en donde en algun momento sabes q te va a dejar medio pelotudo. Definitivamente la voy a ver otra vez, xq hay mucho q se escapa en una primera vista, pero a buenas y a primeras es una muy buena pelicula con una buena cuota de ciencia ficcion, como el solo sabe hacer.
Un très bon film signé David Cronenberg qui tient en grande partie sur son scénario et sur l'interprétation juste impeccable de Jeremy Irons, décidément l'un des plus grands acteurs de sa génération. C'est un film malgré tout dérangeant, comme toujours chez Cro-cro, mais également fascinant. Quelques longueurs se font sentir en milieu de film, mais elles ne nuisent pas vraiment à l'appréciation de l'oeuvre. J'ai trouvé l'histoire d'amour très belle et la relation entre les deux frères puissante, beaucoup d'éléments sont assez étranges et m'ont plutôt distancé du film par moments, encore une fois comme toujours chez David Cronenberg. Néanmoins, à la manière du Festin Nu, c'est ce qui me plaît dans le cinéma, rester perplexe devant une oeuvre mais savoir au fond de moi que j'ai assisté à un grand moment de septième art.
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I think there's a very specific era of Cronenberg that I deeply love (early 2000s), while his early work I find slightly boring with weird, intriguing moments and his latest films feel like he's trying to be profound, but remains empty. I do think Dead Ringers is a step in Cronenberg becoming more realistic while retaining his strangeness, but the 80s Cronenberg films I've seen so far still don't quite pull me in.
I will say Jeremy Irons is incredible here and often plays two very different characters who are also very similar in a way that makes both of them easily distinguishable from each other. Dead Ringers has two very distinct halves - probably by design…
I never feel less well-adjusted than I do when I'm watching a David Cronenberg movie and I realize I've developed a semi...
An interesting straight forward psychological drama showcasing Jeremy Iron's complex/excellent dual performance. Fascinating character study having Cronenberg tackling the themes of identity. Eerie 80's Cronenberg classic, hitting on high levels.
A freakin' gem!!!!
Definately an instant fav, Jeremy Irons being a genius actor!
The lives of twin gynecologists are fatally disrupted when one of them falls in love with an actress. Masterful adult horror-drama, steeped in claustrophobia and brilliantly performed by Irons and Bujold. Graphic, disturbing, sometimes jarring film isn’t for everyone, but it’s a must for Cronenberg fans and connoisseurs of the dark side. Based on a true story.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…