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#927. Se7en

  • Year: 1995
  • Country: USA
  • Production: New Line, 127m
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Producer: Arnold Kopelson, Phyllis Carlyle
  • Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Photography: Darius Khondji
  • Music: Howard Shore
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey
  • Oscar Noms: Best Editing

Abridged Book Description

Who would have guessed that a grisly and upsetting serial-killer police procedural costarring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as detectives, written by a Tower Records cashier (Walker), and directed by David Fincher (Alien 3), would bear a startling resemblance to a serious work of art? One can already tell that this film is on to something special during the opening credits, which formally echo several classic American experimental films and thematically point to the eerie kinship between the serial killer and the police - not to mention the kinship between murder and art-making that the movie is equally concerned with... The filmmakers stick to their vision with such dedication and persistence that something indelible comes across - something ethically and artistically superior to The Silence of the Lambs that refuses to exploit suffering for fun or entertainment and leaves you wondering about the world we're living in.