Movies with Mark: FIGHT CLUB
Fight Club is now regarded as one of the masterpieces of late 20thCentury American cinema; a bruising depiction of troubled masculinity during a time of social disruption and change. Yet, when it was released, David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club divided critics and audiences, with one observer calling it “the most contentious mainstream meditation on violence since A Clockwork Orange.”
How this $60 million art movie that was despised by the man who financed it, 20th Century Fox boss Rupert Murdoch, is one of the most fascinating stories in Hollywood history and the subject of our next Movies With Mark on 2 June where critic Mark Naglazas will be talking to Fight Club’s co-producer Ross Grayson Bell. The now Screenwest Scripted Executive was blown away by Chuck Palahniuk’s yet-to-be published book and went to extraordinary lengths to persuade Fox to turn it into a movie and contributed significantly to its final shape.
After a screening of the movie now acknowledged as one of the finest films in one of Hollywood’s greatest years, 1999, Mark and Ross will break the film’s primary rule: “Never talk about Fight Club”.
ABOUT FIGHT CLUB
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Directed by David Fincher. Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Meat Loaf and Helena Bonham-Carter.