Gone Girl By David Fincher

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In the way a finger leaves a print specific to the touch of its owner, auteurs stylize elements of their works so that their creation is definitive enough to be traced back to its creator. In order to identify these definitive components, an auteur must establish common thematic and formal elements that their texts typically contain. In David Fincher’s film Gone Girl (2014), Amy Dunne suddenly vanishes, seemingly from violent kidnapping, leaving her husband, Nick Dunne, in a media frenzy over his suspected involvement in her disappearance. The film utilizes some of his most common thematic elements: paternal or maternal abandonment during childhood and its influence on adulthood, the poststructuralist critique of social systems, and alienation and isolation; as well as his most individualistic formal elements: a familiar company of creators, particular color temperatures and lighting styles, and use of voice-over, and setting. Many of Fincher’s main character’s shortcomings are rooted in the afflictions of their childhood, commonly emanating from maternal or paternal abandonment (present in The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)). This is the case for Nick, whose father, an abusive misogynist, allowed his licentiousness to leave Nick without the influence of a positive paternal figure. Nick translates this into a debilitating need to people please, the pressure ultimately leading to him to sleep with a student…

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