Cinematosis: August 2015

Posted October 21, 2017

"What I am saying is that I am an insect that dreamed that I was a man, and worshiped him, but now the dream is over and the insect is awake."

- Seth Brundle

The Fly is a 1986 Canadian film David Cronenberg , new version of the 1958 classic of the same name. This film is one of Cronenberg's greatest hits (which had already surprised us at the time with the cult film Scanners). Explicit, gore, revealing and terrifying for some, The Fly shows us in brief, the metamorphosis of a brilliant man who becomes a horrifying being, a painful drama of Kafkaesque dyes.

The author presents us, directly and bluntly, to the central character: the scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) who has a clear purpose: to change the world around him. The film begins in a large hall where a convention organized by the company for which he works; This is where Reporter Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) appears to cover the event.

Interested in it and despite its initial rejection, the scientist gets the reporter to access his laboratory , where, according to himself, he is developing those experiments that are going to alter the life of the human being as we know it. Seth (Jeff Goldblum) and Veronica (Geena Davis)

To prove that they do not is no fraud, Seth asks a personal object to Veronica (who -coquette-, hands him one of his stockings). The garment is deposited in one of the noisy telepods, from where it fades, to appear in the other telepod, wrapped in an enigmatic and mysterious mist.

The next step? Experiment with something alive .

It is precisely his closeness to Veronica (curious fact: at that time Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis were a couple off the set), which encourages the introverted Seth to want to go further and progress in their investigations with success to another baboon); but it is also that love love that condemns it. In a night of misunderstanding, jealousy and a lot of alcohol, Seth forgets the precautions and decides to try his invention on himself.

He commits a fatal error: he does not perceive that a fly has entered the machine. Moments later, and at first glance, the teleportation has worked. To make matters worse, Seth seems to have evolved into a better version of himself: he feels stronger, lucid, alive.

Suddenly, everything begins to worsen and to fall apart dramatically. One of the biggest differences between the two versions of La Mosca is that in the first the scientist and the fly exchange parts of the body (the man remaining with the head and a leg of the insect), whereas in the version of 1986, gives a fusion that gives rise to a new and monstrous personage. For this, the special effects work is impressive, along with the make-up done by Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis, winners of an Oscar for their work.

Cinematosis: August 2015
Cinematosis: August 2015

transformation are praiseworthy, especially if we remember that it is a movie from the 80's, when there was no amount of technological resources we have today. Do not miss scenes? The result of transporting the first baboon; when you remove your nails, vomit and-of course-the final transformation of Brundle-Fly.

As anecdotal details, we have that Cronenberg himself makes a cameo in the nightmare of Veronica (as a gynecologist), and that Jeff Goldblum really lost his judgment during filming. According to the director, Goldblum got so into the role that he began to consume sugar in large quantities as if he were a real fly man. He also began to fight and bother on the set with actor John Getz, who was his romantic rival in the film. Cronenberg had to threaten Goldblum by kicking him if he did not calm down.

The rhythm of the movie does not disappear in any moment , because we are always expecting to discover what the protagonist will look like in the next scene. The bow of evolution of the characters is quite balanced, highlighting Goldblum, which crosses different according to the genes of the insect are taking over his body. His excessive energy and initial physical power turns him into an irascible and selfish being; when the external deterioration becomes irreversible, the melancholy takes possession of its mind, until it produces a solution, that triggers the final apotheosis.

Intense, intriguing and quite disturbing, La Mosca , Cronenberg, continues to hook up to this day, 29 years after its release. The film grossed $ 60 million (20 million in the US and 40 million in the rest of the world); blockbuster that sparked the release of a flimsy sequel three years later, directed by Chris Walas and only with Getz repeating character. In spite of the figures in collection, the tape lacked the atmosphere, dramatic and inventive of its predecessor, superior by where it is looked at. David Cronenberg

Production: Stuart Cornfield

Script: Charles Edward Pogue , David Cronenberg

Cast: Jeff Goldblum , Geena Davis , John Getz

Genre: Terror > Science Fiction