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Stereo

Stereo (1969)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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The first film by director David Cronenberg, the black and white, hour-long feature Stereo is more self-consciously avant-garde, and less visceral, than his later work. Nevertheless, many of the usual Cronenberg concerns are present: a futuristic setting, bizarre scientific experimentation, and an obsessive exploration of perverse forms of sexuality. Stereo borrows the structure of an educational film, masquerading as a documentary record of an experiment performed by The Canadian Academy for

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...doors that won't open, enigmatic card games, long empty corridors and sex on an examination table make it all quite old fashioned, and the images are as formless as scrambled eggs.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Clinical, sinuous, jagged

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

... essential to Cronenberg fans, (a) dispassionate portraitsof fictional experiments in the mutation of mankind in the near future.

May 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Though it gave me a few guarded chuckles it was hardly worth the effort sitting through such a tedious affair.

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Difficult viewing, although there are some intriguing nuggets buried within

March 18, 2003 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Stereo

Call this one an interesting failure. "Stereo"'s minimalism is compelling -- the film is black and white, and entirely silent (not even music) except for intermittent narration by a variety of speakers. The story involves a scientific study which induces telepathic bonds between a small number of subjects. Sexuality (both hetero- and homo-) comes into play as an enhancement of the telepathy's potency, and eventually this has a side effect of physical violence for reasons which were not all that clear to me. The flat, academic narration becomes a chore to process after awhile, and its intense, deadpan concentration on "big words" hinders efforts to pluck out the central plot advancements (which the visuals can't communicate on their own) . Still, the cinematography is stylish and the emergence of Cronenberg's favored techno-sexual themes is notable.
January 6, 2010
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