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1[[quoteright:300:]]²²->''"I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' is the fact that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again."''²²David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American filmmaker who's highly acclaimed for his gritty, stylish films.²²After a brief stint working at Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic on a few films (specifically ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''), he started out directing commercials and music videos, most notably "Vogue" by {{Music/Madonna}}. His movies tend to be very dark, both visually and thematically, and to evoke sensations of paranoia and {{claustrophobia}}. He is best known for ''{{Film/Se7en}}'', ''Film/FightClub'', ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' and ''Film/GoneGirl''. He was also a producer on the Creator/{{Netflix}} anthology ''WesternAnimation/LoveDeathAndRobots''.²²----²!!Fincher's directorial efforts:²[[index]]²* ''Film/Alien3'' (1992) ([[CreatorBacklash disowned]] due to ExecutiveMeddling)²* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (1995)²* ''Film/TheGame'' (1997)²* ''Film/FightClub'' (1999)²* ''Film/PanicRoom'' (2002)²* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' (2007)²* ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' (2008)²* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' (2010)²* ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo2011''²* ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' (2013 - 2018) (Pilot of [[CulturalTranslation American adaptation]] of the [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK series]])²* ''Film/GoneGirl'' (2014)²* ''Series/{{Mindhunter}}'' (2017 - present) (Directs four episodes along with producing the show)²* ''Film/{{Mank}}'' (2020)²[[/index]]²²!!Notable music videos directed by Fincher:²* Music/RickSpringfield - "[[ Dance This World Away]]" (1985) [[note]]Fincher's first directorial effort[[/note]]²* Jermaine Stewart - "[[ We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off]]" (1986)²* Music/{{Loverboy}} - "[[ Notorious]]" (1987)²* Music/{{Foreigner}} - "[[ Say You Will]]" (1987)²* Music/{{Sting}} - "[[ Englishman in New York]]" (1988)²* Johnny Hates Jazz - "[[ Shattered Dreams]]" (1988; American version)²* Steve Winwood - "[[ Roll With It]]" (1988)²* Music/PaulaAbdul - "[[ Straight Up]]" (1989)²* Music/{{Madonna}} - "[[ Express Yourself]]" (1989), "[[ Vogue]]" (1990)²* Music/{{Aerosmith}} - "[[ Janie's Got a Gun]]" (1990)²* Music/GeorgeMichael - "[[ Freedom! '90]]" (1990)²* Music/TheRollingStones - "[[ Love is Strong]]" (1994)²* Music/NineInchNails - "[[ Only]]" (2005)²* Music/JustinTimberlake - "[[ Suit & Tie]]" (2015)²²!!Notable tropes in David Fincher's career and films include:²²* ArtisticTitle²* AwardBait: ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' is generally regarded as such.²* BerserkButton: '''Never''' mention ''Alien 3'' in front of this gentleman.²* DeadpanSnarker: If there's any humor in his films, it's usually in this form. Listen to his commentaries and you'll find out he's a great one himself.²* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Fight Club'', ''Zodiac'', ''The Social Network'', ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'', ''The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'' (which doubles as a ForeignRemake) and ''Gone Girl''.²* FilmNoir: Much of his work is at least influenced by noir, but especially ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', and ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo2011''.²* GrayAndGreyMorality: Characters are neither unambiguously good nor bad.²* OscarBait: ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' was widely accused of this, [[LighterAndSofter a sentimental, PG-13 fantasy/drama film]] with heavy similarities to (and the same screenwriter as) ''Film/ForrestGump'', standing in stark contrast to the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, edgy and subversive hard-R films]] that Fincher was known for. For better or worse, it worked: ''Benjamin Button'' received more Oscar nominations than all of Fincher's previous films combined.²* PrimaDonnaDirector: He has a Creator/StanleyKubrick-like obsession with getting actors to do take after take of the same scene. Given the quality of his work, it's almost always worth it. It should also be noted that despite this, he is very respectful and amicable towards his actors and enjoys good relationships with them.²--> '''Fincher:''' "So everybody bitches and moans over how many takes I shoot. So for the record, the scene where Creator/NeilPatrickHarris [[Film/GoneGirl parks his Jaguar dead center of the frame]] was take two. It is take two and it is in the movie. We walked away after take two. So please... go fuck yourselves."²* SignatureStyle: Dark neo-noirs with low MoodLighting, a cold, claustrophobic feeling throughout and one or more gut-punch moments, often soundtracked by [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross]].²* SirSwearsALot: The man certain isn't shy about swearing, as the above quote and any interview of him can prove.²* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Aside from maybe ''Benjamin Button,'' his films are usually planted far on the cynical end:²--> '''Fincher:''' I think people are perverts. That's the foundation of my career.²* SternTeacher: Widely known as a taskmaster, who will have actors do take after take after take until it's perfect. However, many actors end up respecting if not outright appreciating his methods, since he makes them do nothing he wouldn't do himself if it were possible. Fincher also mentored Mark Ruffalo when the latter directed his first film, the two having worked together on ''Film/{{Zodiac}}''.²----


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