Similarities between "Fight Club" and "Seven" to produce a cinematic signature of David Fincher

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The works of David Fincher came into the spotlight a few years into his career. Two of his productions aided with his plunge into astonishing stardom and due recognition. These two films are the ones that will be my main focus during this analytic research. Seven and Fight Club truly thrust Fincher into the public eye. While the genres of these movies are dissimilar, they vary only slightly in the final outlook. Both films play up the psychological aspect of fear and, mental torment thrives throughout each scene. While Seven has been categorized as basic horror, in fact- it also strives upon mentally afflicting both the characters and the audience. Fight Club also works with psychological obscurity- tempting its audiences to question their own throbbing psyche after just one viewing. Therefore, here we stand, with a first resemblance between the two films. While Seven will make you sick to your stomach and, and while Fight Club bares an unexpected satiric tone- they will both mold your mind and shape it at their wish.

This generalizes both films as psychological thrillers. Consequently, in my review, I will attempt to portray supplementary similarities in the two films as to reveal a specific style and cinematically technical signature of David Fincher. While analyzing basic camera work and editing, music choices, recurring symbolism, character choice and character development throughout both productions- David Fincher's artistic viewpoint will surely portray itself in the similarities found.

Academy Award winner Seven tells a vulgar and petrifying story. This story is backed up by a star cast of Hollywood veterans, as well as up and coming stars. The likes of Kevin Spacer and Morgan Freeman add a sophisticated tone to this film and elevate it to a higher level while expanding their target audience. Such stars as...