Saturday, September 29, 2018
The other film called "Crash", as actor James Spader explores body damage fetishism
Here’s the “other” film called “Crash”, in 1996, NC-17, from director David Cronenberg, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard (Fine Line Features).
James Spader plays TV director James Ballard, who gets into a serious car accident. He discovers a subculture of crash survivors with hideous injuries, ranging from burns to amputations, who fetishize their damage.
There’s one young woman with artificial limbs joined right at the hip. I remember that. I saw this at the old Shirlington Theater in Arlington well before renovation.
Cronenberg tries to use this fetishism to rejuvenate his own sex life, but he has to cause crashes himself. Do not imitate his behavior.