Fincher ESSAY

Fincher ESSAY - 1 Kenny OBrien November 15, 2010 Research...

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1 Kenny O’Brien November 15, 2010 Research Essay Scarred by Cinema: The Films of David Fincher As his former boss calls for security, his right hand trembles until it clenches into a fist. The unnamed narrator throws a punch, and purposely hits himself in the face, hurling himself out of his seat. A second punch is thrown and he connects with his own face again. This time his own force propels himself into the air and he shatters a glass table that sat behind him. "No! Please stop!" he screams to his boss who stands there bewildered as the man he had just fired continues to pulverize himself. The narrator grabs himself by the collar and throws himself backward, shattering the glass shelves behind him. The boss has no idea as to what is happening. He is uncomfortable and confused with the way this meeting has turned out. Covered in his own blood the protagonist crawls to his former boss and negotiates. "Now look,” he says, “Give me the paychecks, like I asked. And you'll never see me again." Security finally walks in to see the protagonist begging his boss to stop the violence. The boss was blackmailed and the protagonist is carted away bloody and smiling with pleasure. He has found violence and pain to be an outlet for his own misfortunes. Often we go to the movies to see films that leave us with a happy ending, a moral to the story or a determinant resolution at the very least. Each film, whether it be thrillers, romantic comedies, musicals, adventures or western films, has a purpose or a message. After seeing a film, one usually thinks about the bigger picture. What was the director trying to make his viewers realize or learn? There has to be a purpose. In most
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2 films, directors make this purpose pretty obvious. Most great directors have some type of trademark. Martin Scorsese features rock and roll visuals and guilty consciences in his films. Steven Spielberg focuses purely on “popcorn entertainment.” Alfred Hitchcock is nicknamed the “Master of Suspense” for his films like The Birds and Psycho ( " B r a i n z " ) . While all directors have different methods, David Fincher, the director of Seven (2007), Zodiac (1995) and Fight Club , is one of the most unique directors in the modern film industry. David Fincher is known for his dark and stylish thrillers like the ones listed above, but he also has directed more recent dramas like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. He has a very unique style of directing as many of his films are completely different from each other, but he too has a certain trademark that most people do not realize. Fight Club looks nothing like Zodiac which looks nothing like The Social Network . That’s because Fincher’s trademark is not a visual one. Fincher has an “obsession with exploring a single person, be it a murderer or a website owner, and using that one person as the key to unlocking entire secret societies and showing us what’s inside. With one person, he creates a world for us to experience and relate to —
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