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Film as Art; Gilliam and Cronenberg: The Existential Individual in an Absurd World

Terry Gilliam (a picture guy) and David Cronenberg (a word guy) come from a mindset of the modernist/ existentialist worldview but make their artwork in an ironic/postmodern world the filmmakers both consider the lack of meaning in the world and the powerlessness of the individual. Gilliam thinks of identity in terms of imagination; Cronenberg thinks in terms of the body's effect on the mind. Both explore the role of the artist and the individual and the nature and forms of reality. Trigger warning: Many of these films depict physicality, nudity, sexuality and violence that tend to disturb some people.

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