In an age where movies are designed to appeal to the broadest demographic possible and no one wants to feel too uncomfortable, David Fincher has gone against the grain time and time again, but his work is consistently engaging. “I don’t know how much movies should entertain. To me, I’m always interested in movies that scar,” he told The Independent in 2010. Known for his exacting, precise, and unique approach on-set, Fincher has consistently pushed boundaries with films that are divisive, thought-provoking, biting, and yet, for all their cynicism, strangely heartfelt.
In anticipation of the release of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, I’ll be looking back at his career and filmography. In this first installment, I’ll be examining his work in commercials, music videos, and his first movie, Rick Springfield’s concert picture The Beat of the Live Drum.