163 Great Directors: David Fincher

“I don’t think of myself as difficult. We’re expected to do stuff that’s awesome. That means we’re going to have to push each other.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work and white male appeal.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Se7en.

What Did I Watch: Fight Club rewatch.

Where Does He Fit: Fight Club absolutely reeks of studio sensibilities even more in retrospect, with its cynicism and quick energy disguising the fact that there’s not much going on here besides attacking some cheap targets and having its main point be kind of incoherent. It is never dull, but something about our narrator being seduced by Tyler is both too convincing and not enough. Women really don’t come out of this looking well even if HBC does some very heavy lifting, but all this is…well, it’s clever anarchism. Anarchists are smart and seductive and stupid all at once. Do the viewers of this get that? Of course not.


Most Valuable Asset: Formalism.
Most Excited For: Panic Room?
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sort of. His track record isn’t THAT good.

Coming Up Next: Ousmane Sembene, Africa’s foremost director.


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