mardi 15 décembre 2009

# HETEROTOPIAS IN CINEMA /// The Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch (1991) is an interpretation of William Burroughs' novel (1959) and Burroughs' life in general. It thus dramatizes the interzone, the famous heterotopia of the novel, Burroughs' vision of Tangier (Morocco) with a layer of hallucination due to drugs. The interzone is an incredible metropolitan place (I am pretty sure Georges Lucas had it in mind when he created Tatooine) where all kind of "creatures" interact with each others...
I here can not resist to quote my favorite quote of the book itself:

The physical changes were slow at first, then jumped forward in black klunks, falling through his slack tissue, washing away the human lines...In his place of total darkness mouth and eyes are one organ that leaps forward to snap with transparent teeth...but no organ is constant as regards either function or organs sprout anywhere...rectums open, defecate and close...the entire organism changes color and consistency in split-second adjustments...
William Burroughs. The Naked Lunch. Grove Press 2001

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etc. a dit…

Since we are talking about W. S. Burroughs, i would like to tell you about the documentary that my young and dear friend Yony Leyser made.
I have not had the chance to see it yet, but i trust Yony to have made something great out of the stories, interviews, readings... he collected about Burroughs!
You can find infos here:

Unknown a dit…


it may interest you that The Naked Lunch was filmed in a former munitions plant in Toronto, built during WW1, in the landfills of the great marshes on Lake Ontario. I used this space for several live productions of dance/architecture/music/theatre in 1992-1995.

These live works explored the elements water, earth, air, fire.

Léopold Lambert a dit…

Thanks a lot Bill, it is interesting indeed.
You did have the humility of not linking your blog, but I do it for you:

thanks for following boiteaoutils