The Curious Case of David Fincher
January 30 -- March 1
David Fincher landed a job at George Lucas's Industrial Light and magic right out of high school, eventually doing special effects work on RETURN OF THE JEDI and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. He directed videos for Madonna, Sting, Michael Jackson and George Michael, and commercials for blue-chip clients like Coke, Nike and Levi's throughout the 1980s. He moved on to feature films in the early 1990s, and his half-dozen pictures display a decidedly noir-ish bent toward fatalism and psychological extremes, moody atmosphere and narrative sleight of hand, each a visual marvel of rigorous design. Watch these seminal Fincher works at AFI to more fully appreciate his latest, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, which is both a culmination of his previous work and a departure from it, in that it is his first love story. (Although if FIGHT CLUB is your idea of a love story, there is a Valentine's Day show just for you!)
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the Curious Case of David Fincher series.
Sigourney Weaver's Ripley once again finds herself alone after her spaceship crash lands on Fiorina 161, a remote prisoner planet for the most violent and hardened of criminals. After a series of unexplained deaths, Ripley discovers that an alien has made and survived the journey along with her. Without weapons or resources of any kind, the prisoners reluctantly join forces behind Ripley in a battle royale between these two different kinds of monsters. Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.
DIR David Fincher; SCR David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson; PROD Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill. US, 1992, color, 114 min. RATED R
Friday, January 30, 9:15; Saturday, January 31, 9:15; Monday, February 2, 9:30
"What's in the box!?" Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Kevin Spacey is the serial killer who commits ritualistic murders based upon the seven deadly sins in this Oscar-nominated, richly photographed film noir. Morgan Freeman is the world-weary seen-it-all detective and Brad Pitt is the fresh-faced, ambitious new transfer assigned to investigate the crimes. One of the best thrillers of the 1990s, with several unexpected narrative twists--now is your chance to see it on the big screen.
DIR David Fincher; SCR Andrew Kevin Walker; PROD Phyllis Carlyle, Arnold Kopelson. US, 1995, color, 127 min. RATED R
Friday, February 6, 9:45; Saturday, February 7, 10:10
"The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club." Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's best selling novel, with Ed Norton as the yuppie, white-collar average Joe, resentful of his social station and desperately wanting to shake things up. Brad Pitt is a free-wheeling, fast-living soap salesman who gives him the opportunity to do just that by starting a Fight Club, wherein men are given the chance to bare-knuckle-brawl away their daily frustrations. As Fight Club advances and adopts a more organized anti-capitalist agenda, things rapidly begin to fragment.
DIR David Fincher; SCR Jim Uhls, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk; PROD Ross Grayson Bell, Cean Chaffin, and Art Linson. US/Germany, 1999, color, 139 min. RATED R
Friday, February 13, 9:20; Saturday, February 14, 9:20; Sunday, February 15, 8:45; Monday, February 16, 9:00
Michael Douglas is a cold and emotionally aloof investment banker given a unique birthday gift from estranged younger brother Sean Penn: a gift card for "Consumer Recreation Services," a company that offers "a profound life experience" and also claims to provide "whatever is lacking" in the client's life. At first he's game, and finds events enjoyably entertaining, but when the fun turns frantic (his bank accounts disappear, people begin shooting at him), he wonders how much of the experience is really a game.
DIR David Fincher; SCR John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris; PROD Cean Chaffin and Steve Golin. US, 1997, color, 128 min. RATED R
Friday, February 20, 9:15; Saturday, February 21, 9:45; Sunday, February 22, 9:40
Golden Palm Award nominee, 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Based on true events, Fincher's masterpiece, bizarrely overlooked when released, is one of the great film procedurals ever made--in this case, a dual procedural, of both the police's investigation of San Francisco's Zodiac killer and the San Francisco Chronicle's investigation of, and involvement in, the story. The outstanding cast includes Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards as Detectives Toschi and Armstrong; Robert Downey Jr. as the Chronicle's Paul Avery; and Jake Gyllenhaal as Chronicle cartoonist/obsessive Zodiac researcher Robert Graysmith.
DIR David Fincher; SCR James Vanderbilt based on the book by Robert Graysmith; PROD Cean Chafin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, James Vanderbilt. US, 2007, color, 158 min. RATED R
Friday, February 27, 4:00; Saturday, February 28, 9:40; Sunday, March 1, 3:20, 8:45