Fincher, the reluctant Bergman fan
David Fincher’s Gone Girl opening this week-end, is said to be a bergmanesque take on marriage.
Kenneth Turan of AP calls it “the kind of portrait of a marriage that might have resulted if Alfred Hitchcock had watched a lot of Ingmar Bergman before getting down to work.”
It’s a fun description, and although we don’t know if it’s apt (we’ll have to see the movie first, obviously), we do know that it wouldn’t be the first Fincher nod to Bergman.
Which reminds me. A few years ago, when Fincher was shooting in Stockholm, I tried to lure him to visit the Ingmar Bergman Archives with the invitation below. Needless to say, I didn’t succeed.
Dear Mr Fincher –
Seven: an apology for public libraries.
Panic Room: a film on archival safety.
Zodiac: based on actual files.
In short, your recurrent interest in archive matters, not to mention the references to Persona in Fight Club [I was here, rather cleverly, referring to the theme of the double as well as subliminal erect penises], makes me think you might be interested in visiting the Ingmar Bergman Archives. You would be more than welcome, should you have any spare time during your Stockholm stay.
Jan Holmberg, CEO
Ingmar Bergman Foundation