“Director Profile: David Fincher” by Daniel Rester
Name: David Andrew Leo Fincher
Birthday: August 28th, 1962 (age 49)
Main Directorial Efforts: Alien 3 (1992), Se7en (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Films you must see before you die: Se7en, Fight Club, and The Social Network
Quick Facts to Know:
- Fincher’s mother was a mental health nurse and his father worked for Life magazines.
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was a major inspiration to Fincher when he was young.
- Fincher worked for Korty Films and Industrial Light & Magic.
- Fincher gained attention after directing a commercial for the American Cancer Society, which featured a fetus smoking a cigarette.
- Fincher joined Propaganda Films and directed several music videos and commercials before becoming a feature filmmaker.
- While Alien 3 was Fincher’s first feature film, Se7en was his first hit, grossing over $100 million in the U.S.
- Fight Club originally flopped at the box office, but has now become a major cult film in modern times – and is often regarded as Fincher’s best.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was Fincher’s third collaboration with Brad Pitt, his first PG-13-rated film (all before were rated R), and the first film to earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
- The Social Network tells the story of the founding of Facebook, and gained Fincher his second Oscar nomination for directing.
- Fincher’s films often deal with dark and gritty subject matter.
- “There are some movies I can watch over and over, never get sick of. I’ll put one of those on and be puttering around the house. Then a certain scene will come on and I’ll just have to go over and watch.”
- “For a number of years, I’d been around the kind of people who financed movies and the kind of people who are there to make the deals for movies. But I’d always had this naive idea that everybody wants to make movies as good as they can be, which is stupid.”