AUDIO: David Cronenberg with ‘Tip Berlin’; Capitalism, Art, Language, and Rob PattinsonDavid Cronenberg Director Interview
This is a good interview, it covers some things at a level of detail, and in a philosophical manner at times, that have only been touched upon in previous interviews with the director. This interview is 20 minutes long. If you don’t have time to listen to it, you can catch some of it in our upcoming SPOTLIGHT posts on art, economics, and references to famous written works in the novel and film.
This is a great new quote: ”I love the Twilight series because it gave me Rob!”
What Cronenberg is asked about and discusses in this interview (in this order):
- The perspective towards capitalism in DeLillo’s novel and the film;
- The use of the art of Pollock and Rothko in the film;
- The perspective of the Occupy Wall Street movement;
- How language is used in A Dangerous Method versus Cosmopolis (one draws out a connection between people, the other the opposite);
- How his approach to filmaking is intuitive, any analysis can come later but doesn’t drive the creative process;
- Decisions on adapting the novel to screen;
- On casting Robert Pattinson;
- On Robert Pattinson fans and this novel and film; how you can’t control who the audience is for your film.
Both Rob- and Cronenberg again in this interview- acknowledge that many fans have read DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, and many seem to understand it really well. I’d like to comment that Pattinson’s fans aren’t all youngsters and repeat what Pattinson has himself said, that many have a demonstrated interest in real literature as he’s seen on promo trail when he views their gifts of books to him.
When one follows the Robert Pattinson fandom over time–and not just the Twilight arena–on social media, you learn that many of his fans are lifelong readers, serious film lovers, or both.