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Production contexts
• “Those idiots just green lit a $75 million
experimental movie” (Fincher)
• “This is a seditious movi...
Cont…
• The style and structure is unconventional. It’s
an experimental movie.
• Do you think that Fight Club is an
experi...
Cont…
• It took 138 days to shoot
• It was classified by the BBFC an 18
• Initially 2 main cuts were made to two scenes
as...
Fight Club: Critical reception
‘Fight Club is a dumbed-down extremism,
Extremism Lite, no-brainer extremism for the
Rush L...
Roger Ebert- one of the most influential film critics in US at the
time of release.
Read his review:
http://www.rogerebert...
Fight Club: Media effects
“Two schoolboys grapple with each other as bystanders look on and shout
encouragement…pupils hav...
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Fight club lesson 2 production context and critical reception

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Fight club lesson 2 production context and critical reception

  1. 1. Production contexts • “Those idiots just green lit a $75 million experimental movie” (Fincher) • “This is a seditious movie about blowing up people like Rupert Murdoch.” (20thCentury Fox Executive) • A very controversial film • The funding by a global conglomerate of a film which attacks the capitalist, comsumerist culture they are part of.
  2. 2. Cont… • The style and structure is unconventional. It’s an experimental movie. • Do you think that Fight Club is an experimental film in terms of its use of visual style and narrative structure? • Does it conform to the conventions of Hollywood cinema in any way?
  3. 3. Cont… • It took 138 days to shoot • It was classified by the BBFC an 18 • Initially 2 main cuts were made to two scenes as they were considered too violent. They have since been reinserted as BBFC guidelines have become more tolerant.
  4. 4. Fight Club: Critical reception ‘Fight Club is a dumbed-down extremism, Extremism Lite, no-brainer extremism for the Rush Limbaugh generation, an audience that thinks the "diceman" is a really challenging philosophy’ - The Guardian "This monstrous film brutalises men everywhere" - Daily Mail "Fincher started out with a good idea about male insecurity, but somehow got this snarled up with a daft story about right-wing nutters. It's hard to think of another movie this year that has begun so promisingly and ended so poorly" - The Independent “Shot in a convulsive, stream-of- unconsciousness style... Fight Club does everything short of rattling your seat to get a reaction. You can call that irresponsible. Or you can call it the only essential Hollywood film of the year" - Time Out “It means to explore the lure of violence in an even more dangerously regimented, dehumanized culture. That's a hard thing to illustrate this powerfully without, so to speak, stepping on a few toes” - New York Times
  5. 5. Roger Ebert- one of the most influential film critics in US at the time of release. Read his review: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fight-club-1999 Do you think Fight club is a Fascist film? What elements in the film do you think he is referring to? What is meant by the phrase “the sex movie Hollywood has been heading towards for years?” What does this suggest about the representation of women in Hollywood? Can you find any positive reviews on its initial release? How about more recently?
  6. 6. Fight Club: Media effects “Two schoolboys grapple with each other as bystanders look on and shout encouragement…pupils have set up their own Fight Club, based on the ultra-violent film of the same name starring Brad Pitt. In the film, disaffected young men fight each other in illegal bare-knuckle bouts.” - Daily Mail, February 2008 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-522110/Pupils-set-lunch-break-Fight-Club- post-shocking-videos-YouTube.html) “Inspired by the 1999 film Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, underground bare-knuckle brawling clubs have sprung up across the country as a way for desk jockeys and disgruntled youths to vent their frustrations and prove themselves.” - USA Today, 2000, May 2006 (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-05-29-fight-club_x.htm) “A 17-year-old mimicking Brad Pitt’s “Fight Club” character, who plans attacks on corporate America, was arrested on suspicion of masterminding a pre-dawn blast outside a Starbucks Coffee shop” - The Washington Times, July 2009 (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/16/starbucks-bombing-blamed-on- fight-club-fancy/?page=1)

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