The Fly

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Joe Jalinksy

Graduate student in biology, University of Iowa


Ben Trendle

Graduate student in biology, University of Iowa

The Fly— But like, that can’t really happen, can it? Realities and fantasies of THE FLY

Biologists Joe Jalinsky and Ben Trendle parse the science and myth in David Cronenberg's teleportation-gone-wrong, creature-horror classic. Co-presented by Iowa City Darwin Day.

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Film Synopsis

When inventor Seth Brundle tests his new teleportation device on himself, a housefly slips in to the machine, causing man and insect to merge.

When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

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