A study of David Fincher’s depiction of marginalised females originating from adapted texts

Kitchin, Gregory (2013) A study of David Fincher’s depiction of marginalised females originating from adapted texts. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    David Fincher is a prominent Hollywood filmmaker, known for tackling difficult narratives and controversial subject matter in a stylish manner during a career that has spanned over three decades. Although a majority of his narratives concentrate on a male lead character, his attention to female characters is often undervalued and unacknowledged by a masculine dominated studio system. In his films Fight Club and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo he presents two interesting female characters, Marla Singer and Lisbeth Salander, subjected to marginalisation from society and the masculine figures around them.
    Through the use of close textual analysis, not only of Fincher’s filmmaking techniques but also examining how his adaptation compares to the original narrative, the level of importance that Fincher puts on his female characters becomes apparent. Examining feminist connotations within the narrative and the method in which Fincher uses his female characters to progress their respective narratives suggests this is an unusual representation, particularly in Hollywood.
    Both Marla Singer and Lisbeth Salander stem from literary creations, forging a key relationship between Fincher and the source texts. Through the use of manipulating the respective source texts, Fincher capitalised on the key themes of feminine marginalisation and misogyny, and subsequently pushed them to the forefront of his adaptation. By doing so, he allows the characters of Lisbeth Salander and Marla Singer to affect their narratives and fight against marginalisation more so than is represented in the source texts, particularly in the case of Marla Singer.
    The study concludes, that as a result of these techniques, it can be seen that David Fincher has depicted the characters of Lisbeth Salander and Marla Singer in a positive fashion whilst championing their respective fights against marginalisation. Unlike the archetypal masculine Hollywood narratives which could have further marginalised these characters, Fincher uses his filmmaking style and manipulation of the adaptation to create both subtle and more apparent female lead narratives.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 10:12
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 10:12
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22304

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