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David Fincher: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers (Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

David Fincher , Laurence F. Knapp

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28 July 2014 Conversations with Filmmakers (Hardcover)
David Fincher (b. 1962) did not go to film school and hates being defined as an auteur. He prefers to see himself as a craftsman, dutifully going about the art and business of making film. Trouble is, it's hard to be self-effacing when you are the director responsible for Se7en, Fight Club, and The Social Network. Along with Quentin Tarantino, Fincher is the most accomplished of the Generation X filmmakers to emerge in the early 1990s. This collection of interviews highlights Fincher's unwavering commitment to his craft as he evolved from an entrepreneurial music video director (Fincher helped Madonna become the undisputed queen of MTV) into an enterprising feature filmmaker. Fincher landed his first Hollywood blockbuster at twenty-seven with Alien3, but that film, handicapped by cost overruns and corporate mismanagement, taught Fincher that he needed absolute control over his work. Once he had it, with Se7en, he achieved instant box-office success and critical acclaim, as well as a close partnership with Brad Pitt that led to the cult favorite Fight Club. Fincher became circumspect in the 2000s after Panic Room, shooting ads and biding his time until Zodiac, when he returned to his mantra that "entertainment has to come hand in hand with a little bit of medicine. Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything's okay. I don't make those kinds of movies. That, to me, is a lie. Everything's not okay." Zodiac reinvigorated Fincher, inspiring a string of films--The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--that enthralled audiences and garnered his films dozens of Oscar nominations. LAURENCE F. KNAPP, Northbrook, Illinois, is professor of film studies at Oakton Community College. He is the author of Directed by Clint Eastwood and the editor of Brian De Palma: Interviews and Ridley Scott: Interviews (published by University Press of Mississippi) and has published in Jump Cut and other publications.

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (28 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628460369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628460360
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fincher Bible 6 Sep 2014
By William - Published on Amazon.com
This is the book I (and I'm sure many other Fincher fans) have been waiting for - the quintessential guide. The book takes you through everything with facts and dates, even the music videos! Everything you ever wanted to know about David Fincher's movies are in here, most especially FIGHT CLUB and THE SOCIAL NETWORK are given really in-depth analysis. Right from the beginning the book gives you a tour of what it must be like to work with Fincher on set. Practically a first hand account to how these movies are made. I wish it had more on SEVEN and I am kinda bummed that HOUSE OF CARDS got left out, but now I'm super excited to see GONE GIRL!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look Through David Fincher's Film Career 12 Sep 2014
By Myrt - Published on Amazon.com
David Fincher has a reputation for taking on and developing dark subjects with his own unique twist.  He has had an interesting career to say the least.  Before he began his film directing career, Fincher had built a distinctive career as a commercial and music video director.

This collection of interviews with David Fincher starts with a Premiere Magazine interview in 1991 on the set of Fincher's first film, Alien3.  The various interviews chronologically cover his career from then through the book's final interview which was done as Fincher was preparing his release of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.  This is an interesting look into the creative perspective that David Fincher puts into his individual films and made me go back and rewatch several of the movies he has made with new eyes.  This is a great addition to any film student or fan's book collection.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best David Fincher book out there! 30 Aug 2014
By Ralph - Published on Amazon.com
As a huge David Fincher fan I can't help but recommend this book to other fans. Reading the interviews offers a lot of interesting and deep insights from the mind of one of the greatest filmmakers out there. In this book, Fincher explains in great detail the process of making a film from his point of view.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK but couple typos and poor construction. 26 Sep 2014
By S. Talbot - Published on Amazon.com
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The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is the quality of the build. At first glance this book is nice. But as you start using it, almost immediatly you will start to see creases towards the binding of the book on the cover. It's impossible to avoid. And as someoen who plans on having this book for a long time... this is pretty annoying.

But other than that the book is great. I wish there were more interviews and some of them I wish didn't repeat as much stuff that had already been given in other interviews but overall it's a very good read. Very inspirational for up and coming filmmakers such as myself.

The other thing I would note is that there are several typos throughout the book. For example it will be an interview going back and forth between DF (David Fincher) and TL (or something) and one of the lines will say DG instead of DF. I'm pretty sure that actually happens multiple times.

I STILL give this book 4 stars because I don't care about that. I'm a huge Fincher fan and as long as its not all over the place and I know that is meant to be said... I'll suck it up.
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