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Discussion in 'Movies' started by MichaelBryant, Mar 25, 2003.
Have any of his post "The Fly" movies made money here in the U.S.? What about overseas?
unless a film cost $100 million and bombs at the box office, all films make money over the long haul when you take into account rentals, home video and TV.
Cronenberg both makes inexpensive films and has a large international arthouse following. While his films are certainly not blockbusters, they are most likely rather profitable.
Didn't Dead Ringers do respectable if not overwhelming business?
He wouldn't still be making flicks if they didn't atleast break even.
EDIT: the would should have been wouldn't. Just changing that before it caused any unwanted confusion.
Being a Canadian based filmmaker, he gets plenty of government subsidies and tax credits to finance a part of his movies.
Having attended a showing of Crash that involved most of the audience leaving in horror, I can safely say that David Cronenberg is no more popular among the mass-market filmgoers here in Canada than he is anywhere else.
That said, let's talk low-budget realism. No one involved in making it thinks that Spider is going to make zillions at the box office, or ever crack the top ten. More than likely, the film would have made its money before being shot, through pre-sales to cable, video and foreign markets. Crash, for instance, carries the logo of TMN in its end credits, TMN being basically Canadian HBO. They've paid their money for the TV rights up front and financed part of the film. More likely than not, they've done this in every major market available to them, with the sales based on Cronenberg's reputation.
Spider is only showing on a few screens here in Toronto. I haven't seen it yet, but the only negative reviews I've read trot out all of the standard Cronenberg criticisms, that the film lacks empathy, or is cold, or is somewhat one-dimensional. What I take this to mean is that those of us who love Mr. C's previous work will also enjoy Spider.
Personally, I thought existenz was terrible, but I've loved everything else that I've seen by him.
Funniest reaction to Crash I've encountered: my brother-in-law (who was about 20 at the time) said to me after my wife and I returned from a trip, "Some friends and I were watching your laserdiscs, and we saw this copy of Crash and figured it'd be like some soft-core sex film, so we put it on, and that was the most messed up movie I've ever seen and I think I'm scarred for life." That'll teach him to watch my laserdiscs while I'm away, eh?
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