BricolageMixes genres: primarily action film howeverincludes aspects of humour/comedy andromanceMixes themes: violence, illness, relationships,society, anti-consumerism, self worth
IntertextualityFight Club could be seen as referencing ‘RebelWithout A Cause’ because of their commontheme of feeling numb/worthless because ofliving within a system. In Fight Club they aim toget their masculinity back and defeat the‘system’ through feeling pain.
Intertextual ReferencesFight Club mentions several recognisable brandswithin popular culture:• Calvin Klein• Ikea• Nike• Starbucks• VW Beetle
FragmentationFight Club uses fragmentation to show howsociety is rooted in material things, how there’sno real meaning and can be related to thecharacters, Tyler and the narrator, finding theiridentity back through starting fight club andproject mayhem as it allows them to ‘feel’through the violence created.
Breaking The Fourth WallTyler speaks to the camera, when we discoverhis occupations, which tells the audience it isjust a film by referring to itself as a film byaddressing the fact there is an audience.
Referring To Itself As A TextTyler refers to the text as a text when discussingfilm making whilst accompanied by specialeffects which emphasise a cigarette burn.Uses text over scenes.
PasticheThe film uses a form of pastiche as the fighting isrelatable to ritualized fighting so it imitatesaspects of this practice through ‘fight club’.
George RitzerRitzer describes postmodernism as mixing up time,space and narrative which fight club demonstratesthrough the narrator as he can fast forward orrewind what he’s saying in some respects since he’sjust recalling.He also describes it as a blur betweenrepresentation and reality which we can establishthrough the roles of Tyler and the narrator as it isuncertain of the reality due to the characters beingsort of the same person.
FiskeThe way the film portrays violence is alternate tohow the audience may b e used to seeingviolence within a different context e.g. warfilms- Saving Private Ryan. In this film it meanstheir reaction is objectionable as they can’trelate it to anything else so easily like Fiske maysuggest. They use aspects of comedy withingraphic fighting scenes which make thisjudgement difficult.