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Crash! (1971)

A surreal, moody short about the fetishization of automobiles and auto accidents.


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J.G. Ballard


A surreal, moody short about the fetishization of automobiles and auto accidents.

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This film predates the 1973 publication of narrator J.G. Ballard's famous novel, Crash, itself filmed as Crash (1996). See more »


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JG Ballard's Fetishistic Pleasure-Walk
10 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

A little gem, but barely mentioned beyond Ballard fan circles. This short film was made for the BBC in 1971. The film is driven by a narration by author JG Ballard that moves, shifting from analysis of the psychology of the car to the examination of the role of the writer. Ballard's steady, calm narration is broken by short readings of extracts taken from Ballard's literary work detailing the fetishistic pleasure of the flow of women's bodies and cars. Accompanying these are scenes in which Ballard drives a large American car, walks around a car showroom and through a ruined car yard. An experimental, haunting piece of TV history.

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