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Acts of Violence (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 14 March 2006
This documentary of the making of 'A History of Violence (2005)' is divided in 8 parts: Act 1 - Random (5:20); Act 2 - American Hero (7:42); Act 3 - Bully (10:12); Act 4 - Eye for an Eye (... See full summary »


Carolyn Cronenberg (as Carolyn Zeifman)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Bryk ... Self
Stephen McHattie ... Self
Josh Olson ... Self
Peter Suschitzky ... Self
Stephan Dupuis Stephan Dupuis ... Self
David Cronenberg ... Self
Chris Bender ... Self
Danielle Fleury Danielle Fleury ... Self
Viggo Mortensen ... Self
Ronald Sanders Ronald Sanders ... Self (as Ron Sanders)
Gary Kleinsteuber Gary Kleinsteuber ... Self
Ashton Holmes ... Self
John Stoneham Jr. ... Self (as John 'Stoney' Stoneham)
Kyle Schmid ... Self
Walter Gasparovic Walter Gasparovic ... Self


This documentary of the making of 'A History of Violence (2005)' is divided in 8 parts: Act 1 - Random (5:20); Act 2 - American Hero (7:42); Act 3 - Bully (10:12); Act 4 - Eye for an Eye (10:11); Act 5 - Lies (5:51); Act 6 - Gangster Sex (8:24); Act 7 - Sibling Rivalry (13:46); Act 8 - Hope (3:32). Written by Rötger

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Ghandi's Cotton Hankie
11 January 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I don't know what the future media will allow. It used to be a blessing that we could simply watch an old movie without waiting for the market to bring it to a screen controlled by someone else. Then came the DVD and "extras." Its rare that these expand the cinematic experience for me. That's because there are market forces that apply to them, apart from the film itself, and those forces don't deliver true.

The problem is that many movies are an experience between the filmmaker and us, and often that filmmaker is following a set of urges he or she doesn't fully understand by sees and trusts. Sometimes, hearing from the filmmaker outside the film expands on that experience, but its often the case that the filmmaker is making up a story that sounds good. These are storytellers after all, and they'll want to spin a metastory that supports sales, or their own legend.

And as often, the filmmaker will say something that is actually a matter of concern but not central to the art. Very rarely will you find an artist of any stripe who knows what he is about and why — and why it matters to us. Cronenberg is more of an intuitive, but I have heard him speak about his work in terms that is both interesting and illuminative. Not so much about the art himself, but his motivations and what satisfies.

This film is a movie made by his wife during the shooting of what I consider a failure: "History of Violence." It features all sorts of "home movie" shots of people involved in their craft, actors ruminating on what they are doing, and David in the act of setting up shots.

Well, I suppose it is something to learn that he doesn't storyboard. But the problem is that what we get is mostly from people who contribute to the thing but don't understand the thing — apparently don't have the will or matter to understand. So we just get drivel.

Worse, as with most of these, we get the actors speaking. Actors are fine in my book, and I do wonder about how they do their craft. But its not in an actor's portfolio to understand the grand composition — they just have different, often conflicting concerns. They live in different worlds.

Maria Bello is quite adequate in what she does here. But in real life, she's a nitwit, and anything she says about this film detracts rather than adds. I recommend you watch the film, and ignore this "extra" on the DVD.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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14 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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