David Fincher fans, rejoice! With the filmmaker’s “Gone Girl” opening in just a few weeks, the dedication couldn’t be more timely, and a new video compilation that pays homage to the “Se7en” director has arrived online.
Edited by Daniel Silva, the nearly 17-minute tribute splices together clips from each of Fincher’s nine feature films (with the noted exception of “Alien 3”), not including his 1985 documentary, “The Beat of the Live Drum.” Watch closely—or event not so closely—and you’ll recognize scenes from “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
VIewing snippets from each of the films back-to-back like this, it becomes easy to see what defines a Fincher film and makes his filmography unique. The importance of music, lighting, Brad Pitt and ever-flowing camera movement cannot be underplayed as idiosyncratic pieces of the filmmaker’s aesthetic.
It would (maybe) be interesting to see the helmer try his hand at more mainstream Hollywood fare, and in fact, Fincher almost directed Disney‘s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” But that’s no longer the possibility it was back in 2012 and ’13.
Even though ‘20,000 Leagues’ might not be afloat any longer, Fincher’s still optimistic about another project—the sequel to his 2011 “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation. The director believes “The Girl Who Played with Fire” could get made, despite disappointing box office returns on the first U.S. Lisbeth Salander flick.
“Gone Girl” opens October 3rd. [35 MM]