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Fast Company

“Winning is too expensive.”

When people familiar with the works of David Cronenberg view his 1979 film Fast Company, many are taken aback because it feels like an anomaly in his oeuvre. There is no body horror. It’s a straight up carsploitation movie. But to Cronenberg, he views it as one of his many children, and like kids, they each are their own unique being. For fans of his films and those who study them, however, does it represent Cronenberg as a filmmaker very well? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Cronenberg series with his 1979 film Fast Company.

We talk about what works in this film and what doesn’t, and if it even feels like it fits as a carsploitation movie. We chat about the idea Cronenberg and his team brought to this one to make a western film in the car racing world, and debate if it works or not. We look at the cast and how well they fit the film. And we talk about how this film really was the start of many long-term partnerships to come for Cronenberg with various department heads.

It’s an interesting film for Cronenberg and one that we debate if it works in its own genre. We still have a lot of fun chatting about it, so check it out (or not) then tune in to this week’s show! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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