Teleplay (1976–1977)
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The Italian Machine 

This TV play, written and directed David Cronenberg, explores one of his enduring themes: obsessive relationships with technology. A group of bike fanatics determine to get their hands on a... See full summary »

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David Cronenberg
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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary McKeehan ... Lionel
Frank Moore ... Fred
Hardee T. Lineham ... Bug (as Hardee Lineham)
Chuck Shamata ... Reinhardt
Louis Negin ... Mouette
Toby Tarnow Toby Tarnow ... Lana
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Ricardo (as Geza Kovacs)
Cedric Smith ... Luke
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This TV play, written and directed David Cronenberg, explores one of his enduring themes: obsessive relationships with technology. A group of bike fanatics determine to get their hands on a Ducati 900 Desmo SuperSport owned by a rich guy, by any means necessary. Written by X

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1976 (Canada) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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TELEPLAY: THE Italian MACHINE (TV) (David Cronenberg, 1976) ***
7 November 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This isn't really horror, but it does feature Cronenberg's trademark fetishistic attitudes towards machines – in this case, a wild-looking motor enthusiast who becomes obsessed with acquiring a rare classic model currently in possession of a rich man. In fact, he fumes at the prospect of it being used as mere decoration in the latter's house – the film, then, is also a commentary on what constitutes true art (among the rich man's gallery of possessions is even a stud!).

Anyway, the motor enthusiast insinuates himself (along with a couple of associates) into the rich man's house with the excuse that they're interviewing him for some magazine; however, his uncontrollable excitement – both at the sight of the machine and its owner's neglect of it – almost gives the game away! Eventually, they turn to the stud – who happens to be a coke addict – for help: he's to persuade his 'master' to give the bike to him, which he will then trade with our protagonist for a supply of drugs!

Incidentally, the rich man's attractive young wife – who, unsurprisingly, has her own use for the stud – also turns her attention to their guests…but it soon becomes apparent to her that all they're interested in is the titular object! The film is marked by a fair amount of humor, which isn't the most obvious element to be found in a Cronenberg film – as evidenced even by THE LIE CHAIR (1975), another made-for-TV short and which followed this in quick succession…


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