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David Fincher: an alien of American cinema


VIDEO – Admirer of Orson Welles’ famous film, Citizen Kane, the director paints a striking portrait of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Back on a long history.

Wednesday, November 25, 6 p.m. in Paris, 9 a.m. in Los Angeles. Over the phone, David Fincher has a neutral voice, neither mushy nor cheerful. Difficult to say if it is morning. The media around the world have just announced the death of Diego Maradona, perhaps the greatest footballer in history and model of self-destruction. Precisely, the scuttling, the anguish, the paranoia, the characters of Fincher know a ray of it. Sigourney Weaver in Alien 3, Brad Pitt in Seven, Edward Norton in Fight Club, Jodie Foster in Panic Room or Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac, many of them go through hell in Fincher’s imaginary world.

It’s a project that goes back a long way, the screenplay has been on the shelf for a long time. I wanted to pay homage to my father.

David Fincher

When we learn of the death of Maradona, the American filmmaker has this one comment: “Drugs don’t give a gift.” No less was expected of him, clinical director, brilliant formalist, peerless manipulator, surveyor of Evil and born pessimist. Sentimentalism is not the kind of house. However, Mank, his new feature film,

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