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Overwrought and no where NEAR as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is, this is a poor book.It would have benefited if Sinclair had not spent only 30% of the book actually talking about Crash instead of examining Ballard's other works and forays into TV and independent features. Remember what your book is meant to be about, Mr Sinclair.If you're expecting a deep and heavy analysis of Cronenberg's Crash, you WON'T find it here.A complete let down.
Poet/novelist/essayist/filmmaker Iain Sinclair, in his BFI Film Classics book about David Cronenberg's Crash, takes a more imaginative, literary approach than the academic analysis, film criticism, and/or journalism favored by most of the other writers in the series. Sinclair absorbs Cronenberg's 1996 adaption of J.G. Ballard's 1973 novel into his own (and Ballard's) interests in the connections between the occult, psychogeography, the suburbs, cars and car crashes, airports, celebrity, sexualit...
It's interesting in that it examines the work of CRASH as a whole -- both Ballard's novel and Cronenberg's film -- but it's not nearly as smart nor as successfully academic as it believes it is, which makes large chunks of it extremely tiresome.
A rhapsodic meditation on the mythology of Crash in its entirety.