Crimes of the Future

dir. David Cronenberg

Crimes of the Future

dir. David Cronenberg

Crimes of the Future

dir. David Cronenberg

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A research scientist searches for his mad mentor after a plague triggered by cosmetics eliminates all sexually mature women and hideously mutates the surviving men, in Cronenberg's eerie, conceptually ambitious second independent film.

Close in theme and tone to Stereo — and, like its predecessor, shot on an infinitesimally low budget without sync sound (but in 35mm!) — Crimes of the Future once again stars Ronald Mlodzik as a scientist, here one Adrian Tripod, director of a dermatology clinic called the House of Skin. Tripod is in search of his mentor Antoine Rouge, who has disappeared after a plague triggered by cosmetics has killed all sexually mature women and caused the surviving men to manifest strange growths on their bodies. Once again making clever use of the University of Toronto's proto-dystopian architecture (here Massey College at the downtown campus), Crimes establishes the figure of the charismatic scientist anti-hero that would become a central motif of Cronenberg's work throughout the next two decades.