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David Cronenberg

AH: What were your initial responses when you first read Crash?

DC: I found it very hard going. Brilliant but very cold, and very monotone. Deliberately so, you know, and very humorless, which Ballard himself isn’t, and which his other works are not. That sort of unrelenting aspect of it was, in a way, part of its charm. But it also made it very hard to read in one sitting. I stopped reading about halfway through, and didn’t pick it up for another six months, and then finished it. At that point, I thought, “Well, it’s certainly very powerful, and it certainly does put you in a very strange space—one that you haven’t ever been in before—but I can’t see making it into a movie.” I mean, it just didn’t seem like there was a connection. In retrospect, though, everything seems obvious, and a lot of people thought it was an obvious match. The woman who sent it to me was a film journalist, and she

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