The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

THE ITALIAN MACHINE (1976)

Run Time: 23:37
Writer & Director: David Cronenberg
Key Cast: Gary McKeehan, Frank Moore, Hardee T. Lineham

FILM MAKERS

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos,” – David Cronenberg

Canadian filmmaker, writer, and actor. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical.

SUMMARY

This TV play, written and directed by David Cronenberg for the Canadian series Teleplay, whose goal was to uncover new Canadian talents through independent stories and without common links, explores one of his enduring themes: obsessive relationships with technology. A group of bike fanatics determined to get their hands on a Ducati 900 Desmo SuperSport owned by a rich guy, by any means necessary.

RELATED FACTS

In Cronenberg’s 1986 film, The Fly, the design of Brundle’s Telepods was inspired by the engine cylinder of Cronenberg’s own Ducati 450 Desmo.


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