Standing in the midst of a chaotic Third World marketplace, David Cronenberg looks more like a gynecologist from Beverly Hills, as Martin Scorsese once described him, than the director of such wildly idiosyncratic films as Dead Ringers and The Fly. They pass booths of hanging meats, fresh fish, baskets of spices, dried lizard skins to be used as an aphrodisiac. A rooster, out of control, lands on a boom. A donkey drops dung. An animal wrangler reins in the upstaging fowl; the droppings are shoveled out.
In praise of Naked Lunch – the weirdest studio film ever made
Naked Lunch (film) - Wikipedia
Mark Dery takes a deep, dark look at the world of Chilopodophobia, compliments of William Burroughs. In the annals of centipede phobia, William S. Burroughs stands alone. The man loathed the beasts, loathed them with a loathing that would not die. Had he lived to see Web videos of pet centipedes with pinkies hairless baby mice in their death grip—a thriving subgenre, on YouTube, of what might be called predator porn—Burroughs would surely have emptied his beloved. From his novel The Place of Dead Roads :.
It is an adaptation of William S. Burroughs ' novel of the same name , and an international co-production of Canada , Britain and Japan. Naked Lunch has since become a cult film. William Lee is an exterminator who finds that his wife Joan is stealing his supply of insecticide to use as a recreational drug.
T his review by film critic Janet Maslin originally appeared in the December 27 , , edition of the New York Times, and appears by permission of the author. Yet while Mr. Seldom has a filmmaker offered his audience a more debonair invitation to go to hell. The director of The Fly, Dead Ringers, and Scanners will not disappoint viewers who appreciate his devilish ingenuity. Instead of attempting the impossible task of adapting Naked Lunch literally, Mr.