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Watch: David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ Was a Tragicomedy Ahead of Its Time

Watch: David Cronenberg's 'The Fly' Was a Tragicomedy Ahead of Its Time

Jeff Goldblum plays the charmingly off-kilter scientist Seth Brundle whose experiment backfires, turning him into a six foot, four inch insect; “Brundlefly”. Goldblum’s low key humor and close-to-the-vest performance, along with the empathetic screenplay (echoing the mordant comedy of Kafka’s "Metamorphosis"), anchors the film in the workaday world, even as the movie becomes increasingly, almost absurdly, repulsive. The brilliantly icky make-up effects, by Cronenberg’s partner-in-slime, Chris Walas, took the Academy Award.

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