David Fincher

David Fincher

American film director, producer.
Date of Birth: 28.08.1962
Country: USA

  1. Biography of David Fincher
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Breaking into the Film Industry
  4. Later Career

Biography of David Fincher

American film director and producer David Fincher once said that he only knows how to make masterpieces. And you can't argue with him. Throughout his career, he has directed a few films, but each one of them is more than just a movie. Films like "Se7en" and "The Game" have become the benchmark for psychological thrillers, while "Fight Club" turned people's perception of the modern world upside down.

David Fincher

Early Life and Career

David Fincher was born on August 28, 1962, in Denver, Colorado. He spent his childhood in California, near Hollywood, which explains his passion for cinema. After watching "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," David decided to become a film director. At the age of eight, he started making amateur movies. When he came of age, Fincher took a job as a production assistant at the film studio "Korty Films" to be closer to the world of cinema. The second part of the "Star Wars" saga, released in 1980, had such a profound impact on Fincher that he joined the special effects company "ILM." He contributed to the creation of films like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Return of the Jedi," and "The NeverEnding Story."

David Fincher

Before becoming a renowned film director, David Fincher made a name for himself in television by directing several commercials and music videos. His first commercial, made for the American Cancer Society, immediately caught the attention of audiences and critics, leading to numerous offers. Fincher directed commercials for companies like Nike, Coca-Cola, Revlon, Levi's, and Pepsi. In 1986, the young director joined "Propaganda Films," a studio specializing in music videos. Here, Fincher created videos for bands like Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, and George Michael. His collaboration with Madonna was particularly fruitful, and together they created several iconic videos. Many consider his direction of Madonna's "Vogue" and "Express Yourself" to be some of her best work.

David Fincher

Breaking into the Film Industry

In 1992, David Fincher directed his first feature film, "Alien 3," a project he had dreamed of since he was 16. However, he had a falling out with the producers and left the project during post-production. The film was also a critical and commercial failure. Nevertheless, this setback did not deter the young director; instead, it taught him how to fight for his vision. In 1995, Fincher released his second film, "Se7en," which established his signature style: intricately woven plots, unexpected twists, numerous mysteries, and a dark and atmospheric visual tone. The story of a serial killer was so masterfully executed that it is now regarded as one of the greatest thrillers of all time.

David Fincher

His next film, "The Game" (1997), starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, solidified Fincher's reputation as a master of thrillers. The film had it all: gunfights, money, chases, beautiful women, family conflicts, childhood traumas, and, most importantly, the mind-bending puzzles and shocking endings that Fincher's films are known for. Two years later, Fincher achieved even greater success with his most famous film, "Fight Club" (1999). According to the director, an agent came to him and read an excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Fight Club." Fincher was so taken with the book that he read it in one night and decided to adapt it into a film no matter what. The film starred Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brad Pitt, whose character Tyler Durden was hailed as one of the greatest characters in film history.

Later Career

Thanks to David Fincher, almost everyone knows the "8 rules of Fight Club" and how to make soap. Critics called the film "the clockwork orange of the yuppie generation," and Chuck Palahniuk himself claimed that the film's ending was even better than in his book. According to Fincher, when the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, it shocked the audience. People were in awe, except for Helena Bonham Carter's mother, who laughed throughout the entire film.

In 2002, Fincher directed the thriller "Panic Room" starring Jodie Foster, followed by the true crime film "Zodiac" in 2007. The latter was based on real events and received several prestigious award nominations. In 2008, Fincher reunited with Brad Pitt for the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film impressed audiences with its special effects and makeup. For his role, Pitt had to wear complex prosthetics and, in some scenes, even a different body and head. The film was rewarded with three Academy Awards.

In 2010, David Fincher directed the atypical film "The Social Network," which told the story of Facebook's founder. According to the director, nobody asked him if he liked Mark Zuckerberg. A familiar producer, Aaron Sorkin, offered him a finished script, and Fincher liked it. Thus, the film about the youngest billionaire was born, destined for success as hundreds of thousands of Facebook users flocked to cinemas to learn the truth about the founders of their favorite social network. The film received four Golden Globe Awards, three Oscars, and grossed over $220 million at the box office.

In 2011, Fincher returned to the thriller genre with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. The book had everything that interested the director: skeletons in every closet, hidden pianos, and personal demons. Fincher took on the project and created a film that, according to some viewers and critics, was not as successful as his previous works, possibly because the Swedish films had already covered the entire Larsson trilogy. Despite this, many praised Fincher's visually striking approach and the enigmatic portrayal of the main characters.

Currently, David Fincher is working on his film "Gone Girl," scheduled for release in 2014 and has plans to direct "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo." There is also a possibility that Fincher will continue the story of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The director claims that he has grown fond of the characters, and he cannot wait for people to express their desire to see them on the screen again.