Analysis Of Fight Club By David Fincher Essay

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Touch, textures, and intensity – Analyzing Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999) from the perspective of embodied spectatorship

Oscillating between intense corporeal experiences on the one hand, and various modes of physical and psychological alienation on the other, Fight Club is a film about affective extremes. The character-narrator’s (Edward Norton) disengagement from the world is portrayed not only as a process of mental dissociation – culminating of course in the subconscious creation of his alter ego Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) – but also as a pathological bodily state. The latter is characterized most prominently by insomnia as well as by a desire for substantial physical pain and transgressive physical encounters, and further by a fundamental sense of tactile estrangement that runs deep throughout the entire film. Fight Club is a tale of, quite literally, being out of touch with the world and with others, and of regaining this touch. As such it demands a mode of viewing that is equally sensitive to the film’s narrative and broader socio-political themes as it is to the textures, surfaces and materialities that constitute its fictional world, along with the tactile experiences they engender. Looking at the interrelationship between touch, textures and embodied intensity, this essay suggests that Fight Club crucially plays on our own sense of touch in engaging us with its main character and his predicament.

Tactility, and more broadly corporeality on the whole, are indeed…

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