David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg


3/15/1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

David Paul Cronenberg



Also Known As

David Cronenberg, David Paul Cronenberg
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David Cronenberg, born David Paul Cronenberg on March 15, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, is widely considered to be one of the premier Canadian filmmakers of his generation. Cronenberg began making short films in the mid-1960s, working for more than a decade in both film and in television. His…more


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    • David: I have no rules.

    • David>: Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.

    • David: I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Movies that, make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you're making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film.

    • David: Technology is us. There is no separation. It's a pure expression of human creative will. It doesn't exist anywhere else in the universe. I'm rather sure of that.

    • David: The filmmaking process is a very personal one to me, I mean it really is a personal kind of communication.

    • David: Re-writing is different from writing. Original writing is very difficult.

    • David Cronenberg: (of "A History of Violence") I think you come away with it thinking that violence is an unfortunate, but very real and unavoidable part of human existence. But we don't turn away from it, and you can't really say that it's never justified. You can say that it's never very attractive, though, and I think that that's perhaps the approach that we've taken.

    • David Cronenberg: (of making "A History of Violence") The violence, I wanted it to be very realistic, very brutal, very tight. And so I didn't use any slow motion, I didn't want it to be balletic, or have a choreographed feel. That's not what this movie was about, it was about real brutality; the kind of violence that you would actually see in a street fight.

    • David Cronenberg: I've often said that when I'm asking people to work on my movie, as a crew or actor, I'm asking them to play in my sandbox. … There's a lot of play involved in the creative act.

    • David Cronenberg: I have a very strange relationship with film criticism in general, and with film criticism of my own movies in particular. … I just find it intolerable, basically, if I come right out with it. If it's bad, I hate it, and if it's good, it's not good in the right way. If I could avoid ever reading criticism of my movies, I would be a happy person.

    • David Cronenberg: (of becoming a filmmaker) My real inspiration was the New York underground film movement and underground filmmaking, because once again it said, "You can have access, immediately."