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Monday, June 24, 2013

Dead Ringers (1988) d. David Cronenberg

The Instruments For Operating on Mutant Women from David Cronenberg's 1988 opus Dead Ringers.

Movie Review
Dead Ringers (1988)
 d. David Cronenberg
Criterion Collection #21

  I figured out that many of the Criterion Collection titles that are not available for free on Hulu Plus ARE available on Amazon Streaming Video for 2.99 so I'm like "Yeahhhhh."

 I've been actively trying to watch Dead Ringers since the Netflix revolution, but have been flummoxed.  I am heartened that several of Cronenberg's films are available via Amazon streaming video because he's a director where I'd like to say I'd seen all the hits.
Jeremy Irons playing Beverly Mantle right before he goes bananas and tries to use the above Instruments for Operating on Mutant Women on a non mutant woman.

 Dead Ringers was made in 1988.  Jeremy Irons turned in his stunning portrayal of accused murdered Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune the very next year, and it's hard for me to pick which performance is better that one or his role in Dead Ringers as identical twins, Beverly and Elliot Mantle, who are top gynecologists.

 Basically, Beverly falls for actress Claire Niveau and basically loses his shit, and takes his brother down with him. By "lose his shit" I mean becomes hardcore addicted to drugs, goes crazy and has his own set of macabre and Cronenbergian surgical tools/"Instruments for Operating on Mutant Women" made- and then uses them to ill, ill effect.

 The not-so-slow decent into insanity by first Beverly and then Elliot and then Beverly and Elliot together is classic Cronenberg and I enjoyed every minute of this classic. If you haven't seen it yet get it on Amazon streaming video for 2.99 WORTH EVERY PENNY.


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