Comprised of numerous interviews and spanning a couple decades worth of films, Cronenberg on Cronenberg is an insightful read for anyone interested in the Canadian filmmaker. While other books aim at deconstructing the films, this collection provides the meaningful accompaniment of the director’s voice. Cronenberg discusses the context in which his films were made, the difficulty in getting many of them produced, and the ensuing critical and public reactions.
For anyone already versed in the Cronenbergian world, these interviews do provide some new material while echoing much of what has been heard. Granted, this book came out before many recent publications on the director. A book like this only seems natural for an auteur who is so involved with his films after their release. Through the years Cronenberg has actively and passionately defended his films from those he felt misinterpreted them.
All in all, this book provides a more personal look at the filmmaker as a person compared to texts that focus on the films. The source is always a good place to look when trying to understand something. And this book is a good source.