If David Fincher is known for one thing it’s likely his dark, gritty worlds, packed with morally compromised characters and visceral visuals. If he’s known for another it’s his meticulous attention to detail, and his perfectionism therein. Fincher reportedly filmed upwards of fifty takes per scene for 2014’s “Gone Girl.” While his obsessiveness may not be as overt as other directors (say, Wes Anderson), Fincher controls even the most minute details in his films. The results are clear. His voice is one of the most individual (and imitated) today.
To take a closer look at some of his craft, De Filmkrant, the Dutch film magazine, has created a 4-minute video essay, “What’s In The Box? David Fincher’s Fridges.” The short flick brings what it promises, honing in on the refrigerators that populate and are often central to some element of the plot in many of Fincher’s films. It’s an enthralling look into one auteur’s fascination with a seemingly inane and common household item, and how he manages to turn scene’s with or about fridges into character building moments, pivotal narrative turns, and unsettling looks into the idiosyncratic privacies of others.
‘What’s In The Box?’ is a must watch for the indoctrinated Fincher obsessives, and a thoughtful first glance into the meticulous craft of his genius for those unschooled in his features. Check out the video below, and weigh in with your favorite Fincher eccentricities in the comments.