L.A. Opera Turns ‘The Fly’ Into an Opera of Cinematic Proportions
Downtown LA Scene – David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of The Fly with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis turned the 1958 film into a sci-fi and horror spectacle, full of grisly makeup and creature effects. Gone was the innocence of Kurt Neumann’s black-and-white movie, in which a fly with David Hedison’s head famously pleaded “Help me” to Vincent Price.
Writer and director Cronenberg, who most recently directed Eastern Promises, put his characteristically gory spin on the story of Seth Brundle, a scientist who recklessly uses himself as a subject in his teleportation experiments, unaware that a housefly has entered the telepod with him. This week, The Fly gets another unexpected twist when it opens as an opera in Downtown Los Angeles. It plays at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for six performances Sept. 7-27.
Though Brundle does not survive his ambitious experiment in the film, L.A. Opera is hoping for …