Wednesday, 24 March 2010

David Fincher as an auteur

Director as auteur
Watch David Fincher’s earlier, more mainstream film, "The Game" (1997); you can begin by reading about it on Wikipedia or fan-sites devoted to David Fincher.

David Fincher's "The Game" (1997) on Wikipedia
What similarities in themes and style can you identify with Fight Club?

Here's a trailer from the film
The trailer for "The Game"
What similarities in themes and style can you identify with "Fight Club"?

Producer as auteur
Art linson was the producer of Fight Club; look up his filmography on IMDB.

To get a clearer sense of the work of a Hollywood producer read Linson’s book “What Just Happened?” which includes material on Fight Club.

Here are a few interesting reviews from Amazon USA

Amazon US Reviews of Linson's book

"Flashes of Tyler Durden - a YouTube video on "Fight Club"

This useful You Tube video was found by, Sean, one of my students studying "Fight Club" as a single focus study film. It's a useful video for studying David Fincher's experimental visual  and narrative style in "Fight Club" and for the split identity of the film's main character and narrator Jack.
Flashes of Tyler Durden in "Fightclub"

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Specialist Study: Empowering Women questions - FM4

These questions have been drawn from the WJEC Exam Board.

1. How far do the films you have studied depend on dramatic moments of confrontation within the narrative and how far on tracing a more subtle change over time?

2. Compare and contrast the ways in which the audience is encouraged to identify with particular characters in the films you have studied.

Single Film: Close Critical Study Film Questions on "Fight Club"

In the exam you will need to answer ONE question and it will be worth 30 marks. The following questions have been drawn from the WJEC Exam Board and they can be used for Fight Club.

General questions which could apply to any Single Film: Close Critical Study:

1. What does your chosen film reveal about the usefulness of one or more critical approaches you have applied?

2. Consider debates that have arisen in the critical reception of your chosen film, either at the time of its initial release or now or both.

A specific question on Fight Club:

3. 'Despite the gesture of destroying symbols of corporate power at the end, Fight Club is a film about power and control, not liberation.' How far do you agree?