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David Cronenberg (writer)
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Sometime in the future, the Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry is investigating the theories of parapsychologist Luther Stringfellow... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
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David Cronenberg  writer

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David Cronenberg .... producer
 
Cinematography by
David Cronenberg 
 
Film Editing by
David Cronenberg 
 
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Janet G.M. Good .... production aide
Pedro McCormick .... production aide
Stefan Nosko .... production aide
 

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Also Known As:
"Fast Company" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
65 min
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Finland:K-18 (2006) (self applied) | Germany:o.Al. (2006) | UK:12 (2006)

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According to an interview, the film is silent, except for the voice off (added later), because David Cronenberg's camera was too noisy during filming.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Great Study of Cinema, 22 April 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Sometime in the future, the Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry is investigating the theories of parapsychologist Luther Stringfellow. Seven young adults volunteer to submit to a form of brain surgery that removes their power of speech but increases their power for telepathic communication.

If you are looking for a film to show at a party, this is not that film. It is black and white, slow-paced and almost entirely silent. Your party people will fall asleep and call you a loser.

If you are someone who loves David Cronenberg or enjoys the study of film and camera techniques, I think you might find an interesting film here. While set up as a faux documentary about the study of "telepathists" at the "Center for Erotic Inquiry", there is very little plot and mostly just interesting scenes and visuals.

Watch the lighting, angles. Pretend you are a guest in the room, a voyeur but not a participant. Notice the dark and creepy feel, despite the fact the story itself is not creepy and no music is added. The angles and lighting alone can give the feeling of darkness and depression.

A beautiful film, and one that really laid the foundation for the next thirty years of Cronenberg greatness. His themes of medical oddities, unusual science and body horror are evident here. The exploration (voluntary or otherwise) of new states of consciousness via sexual experimentation is a major theme in "Shivers", "Videodrome", "Dead Ringers", "Naked Lunch", "M. Butterfly" and "Crash". To understand Cronenberg, one must understand this film.

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