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Crimes of the Future

DVD Cover for Stereo and Crimes of the Future
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by David Cronenberg
Written by David Cronenberg
Narrated by Ronald Mlodzik
Starring Ronald Mlodzik
Jon Lidolt
Tania Zolty
Jack Messinger
Paul Mulholland
William Haslam
William Poolman
Cinematography David Cronenberg
Editing by David Cronenberg
Distributed by New Cinema Enterprises
Release date(s) June, 1970
Running time 70 min.
Country Canada
Language English

Crimes of the Future is a 1970 Canadian film written, shot, edited and directed by David Cronenberg. Like his earlier Stereo it lasts about an hour and stars Ronald Mlodzik. Also like Stereo it was shot silent with a commentary added afterwards. The commentary is spoken by the character Adrian Tripod. This film is set in 1997.



Crimes of the Future details the wanderings of Tripod (Mlodzik), sometime director of a dermatological clinic called the House of Skin, who is searching for his mentor, the mad dermatologist Antoine Rouge. Rouge has disappeared following a catastrophic plague resulting from cosmetic products, which has killed the entire population of sexually mature women. Tripod joins a succession of organisations including Metaphysical Import-Export and the Oceanic Podiatry Group, and meets various individuals and groups of men who are trying to adjust themselves to a defeminized world. One man parodies childbirth by continually growing new organs which are removed from his body. Eventually Tripod comes upon a group of paedophiles which is holding a 5 year-old girl, and they urge him to mate with her. He senses the presence of Antoine Rouge.


Kim Newman, in his 1988 book Nightmare Movies, has described Crimes of the Future as being "more fun to read about in synopsis than to watch", and as proving, along with Stereo, that "it's possible to be boring and interesting at the same time."

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