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Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (1969)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 30 November 1973 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Mlodzik ... (as Ron Mlodzik)
Jack Messinger Jack Messinger
Paul Mulholland Paul Mulholland
Iain Ewing Iain Ewing
Arlene Mlodzik Arlene Mlodzik
Clara Mayer Clara Mayer
Glenn McCauley Glenn McCauley
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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. An unseen group of students observes the results. As the experiment progresses, Stringfellow's theories come to fruition. Later, aphrodisiacs and various other drugs are introduced to the subjects to expose an inherent polymorphous perversity. In the end, they are isolated from each other, provoking antagonism and violence between them, which results in two suicides. Written by Daeha Ko <dko@u.washington.edu>

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Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stereo See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$3,500 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Emergent Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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David Cronenberg (26 at the time) secured funding for the film from the Canadian government by pretending he was writing a novel. See more »

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Underrated
19 November 2002 | by fmaudioSee all my reviews

"Stereo" is an underrated early Cronenberg movie. People tend to find it inaccessible on the grounds that it is 'boring', or due to its quasi-intellectual voice-over soundtrack (which was applied since Cronenberg did not have enough money to spend on soundtrack film) or 'incomprehensible' plot. The voice-over naturally enhances the feeling of "verfremdung", which can be argued as being for the good of the final result.

The topic of a Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry is an extremely difficult one to pull off. The way it's made, however, with its austere milieu, its quasi-academic speaker voice and the contrasts between the harsh milieu and the characters' pursuit of the topic of the 'plot' makes it a rather good film its sparse conditions for creation considered, all the more if one is into austere films rather than bombastic ones. Hopefully some 'madwoman' or 'madman' will release a few copies of this movie on dvd, someday.


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