I Can’t Believe It’s on YouTube – Dead Ringers Full Movie
Story: Identical twin gynecologists. Need I say more?
Why You Should See It: I remember reading a review of “Good Fellas” by either Sheila Benson or Pauline Kael, who wrote about the joy of watching a director at his peak. At the time, I wasn’t sure what that meant. But over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate directing peaks. This is when a director can literally turn shit into gold. His confidence is so extreme, his vision so acute, his beret so askew, that he can do no wrong.
Examples include Francis Coppola (“The Godfather,” “The Conversation“, “The Godfather, Part II” and “Apocalypse Now”), William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection” and “Sorcerer”) and David Cronenberg (“The Fly” and “Dead Ringers”). Although Cronenberg’s peak only constituted two films… What an amazing fucking two films. If any director today could make those two pictures (one of them a remake, btw), including Cronenberg himself, that guy would be held an instant genius, because, as the saying goes, “they don’t make ‘me like they used to.”
Watching the Dead Ringers full movie two nights ago, it struck me how advanced the film was, how much more daring, confrontational, and original it was compared to anything that comes out today in TV or movies, within the last 15-20 years. What “Dead Ringers” says about narcissism, the war of the sexes, and existence itself is so true and yet so visual, words just feel cheap in describing it. The fact that the Dead Ringers full movie is on YouTube and available FOR FREE would be equal to the Mona Lisa being paraded from country to country, propped up in some random post office for people in line to look at. There’s no excuse not to watch this sick, beautiful, tragic story unfold in the privacy of your bedroom.
Jeremy Irons delivers one of the most jaw-dropping performances in cinema history. In the pantheon of actors playing multiple roles in a movie (like Peter Sellers in “Dr. Strangelove”), Irons hold his own and perhaps even outdoes Sellers. I hope he got two paychecks for his performance. His creative twin, David Cronenberg takes him to farthest depths and they come out with something rare and repulsive and almost equal to the one experience human beings collectively consider the only miracle, child birth.
YouTube comments include… “This is a beautiful and depressing at the same time”, “Very sad and thought provoking”, “how the Oscars passed over this performance is a sacrilege,” “Damn Jeremy Irons is an amazing actor” and “Bujold is breathtaking.” This film is an implosive tragedy. What a cool movie.” The last one refers to Genevieve Bujold who plays the sort of love interest of the Jeremies and never flinches. I don’t think she’s ever been this good. Cronenberg was so on that everyone in his cast and crew, including his costume designer, were elevated to another plane. The joy of watching a director like Cronenberg at his peak is the height of human expression and
I really can’t believe David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers full movie is on YouTube.
Written by: Norith Soth