Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Retrospective: Videodrome.

Videodrome poster.

Videodrome

Director: David Cronenberg
Release Date: 23rd November 1983
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky and Jack Creley.
Censorship may be the thing that plagues the world of media currently. The internet is the only exception to this but that’s under threat as well. Videodrome was made before the inception of the internet yet its relevance can be transferred to today and the struggle to keep the internet untainted. It fights against the censorship of the world with one of the monologues uttered from the funnily named Professor Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley), claiming that TV has now become more real than what we’d call reality: “The retina of the TV is the mind’s eye.” Only because television in the Videodrome universe is uncensored, perverse at times. We live in a sheltered reality considering we stop ourselves from being real by censoring ourselves, ignoring primal thoughts to strive to be civilised to stop all counter-productive measures – at least things that are deemed counter-productive, wrongly.