David Fincher has introduced the most conscious morality of any contemporary Hollywood filmmaker into all of his work, and as such stands as a turning point in the present history of narrative dramatic film. He is such a master of the pictorial qualities of the medium that his imagery is as ethical as his drama. Seven is the most serious morality play I have seen on the screen since Orson Welles' Touch of Evil or The Trial. What is wonderful about The Game is that it is honest about the game of making the movie as well as the game within the movie.
quoted in A NOTE TO THE VIEWER from the original Criterion laserdisc release of The Game
[The mass media] serve to divert the unwashed masses and reinforce the basic social values: passivity, submissiveness to authority, the overriding virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, fear of real or imagined enemies, etc. The goal is to keep the bewildered herd bewildered. It's unnecessary for them to trouble themselves with what's happening in the world. In fact, it's undesirable — if they see too much of reality they may set themselves to change it.
excerpted from What Uncle Sam Really Wants
I did it, it looks beautiful, it's a Lars von Trier film, it's fine. If I was in some comedy and showing my boobs, I'd be bummed. I don't think you should show your boobs in a comedy, especially if you're the lead. Boobs aren't funny.
on Melancholia, etc.,
via The Vancouver Sun
September 12, 2011
I would be delighted to make a studio picture, but the truth is, if you look at the films they’re making, they are not the movies I want to make. I don’t want to make Thor. [Laughs.] I don’t want to make Green Lantern. Cowboys And Aliens: That’s not Jon Favreau’s movie, he’s just an employee, he’s just doing the bidding, and it’s just too bad. It’s a combination of economics and we live in a very conservative and reactionary and frightened time. People are scared shitless in terms of taking risks on movies. Would the studios ever make a movie like Into The Night now? Or even Animal House?
September 8, 2011