Monday, September 10, 2012

Edward Norton says...

'Fight Club—which I have to say I think is the best film I've been involved in—part of the thing which is really terrifying and great about it is that it's highly ambiguous, not in its morality, but in its message. It's pretty unapologetically neutral in terms of its suggestions of what you're supposed to take from it. I think a lot of popular films let you walk away without your having to think about them much more because they've delivered what they want you to know about them. When I watch David Fincher's other films, Seven especially, I thought that it was almost like philosophy in the sense that it was structured like a dialectic. He had an idealist and a cynic, and he put them at heightened extremes of the modern world, and the film never resolved in the sense that he left it for you to decide: who did you feel was right? He just dumped a lot in your lap and I liked that and I felt like Fight Club was even more so. It was a dark, comic, sort of surrealist look at some of the dysfunctions of our generation and of young people who are feeling out of sync with the value system they are expected to engage in.'

-Edward Norton (from an interview with Robby O'Connor, The Yale Herald, 1999)

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