By Iain Sinclair
During this booklet, which incorporates a new interview with Ballard who wrote the ebook on which the movie used to be established, Sinclair explores the temporal loop which connects movie and novel, and asks questions akin to to what volume is Crash a premonition of a few of the extra awesome media occasions of contemporary occasions. within the BFI sleek CLASSICS sequence.
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Dali's work, according to Ballard, constituted 'a body of prophecy unequalled in accuracy since Freud's Civilisation and Its Discontents'. ' The tools for the creation of a valid mytholob'Y· 62 I BFI MODERN CLASSICS 5 White Nights on the Bauhaus Balcony He binds her to an authentic corpse, knee to knee, mouth to mouth, and flogs her until the back of her body is covered with blood. F. De Sade, The 120 Days 0/50dom 'I never had an erection while writing this book, and would have regarded it as a failure if I had,' Ballard told Mark Dery.
That's Petit. Making a 'montage landscape' out of Ballard, Fassbinder and Orson Welles (as Harry Lime). The Welles who claimed, retrospectively, that he had revised Graham Greene's dialogue. But Ballard could also sound like Petit: 'Enlarged by the lens, the movements of their bodies resemble the matings of clouds .... ' As we metamorphose into the writers we admire most, adopting their favourite tropes, so are they, in their turn, infected by our admiration. They pleasure us with the design of some small sentence, long before they are aware of our existence.
CRASH I 47 Peter Suschitzky's camera is an accomplice, an expected intruder; without this instrument the scene would never happen. The sex act is fetishised, presented as a brochure of potentially arousing commodities: heels, legs, underwear, raised skirt. The lover is also from stock, an accessory with designer stubble and fiercely-laundered blue overalls. He is an extension of the machines he services. He comes with the set. Or, rather, he doesn't. He rubs, he licks. But there is no climax.