Presented by Backstory
Jeff Goldsmith brings his wildly popular Backstory empire to Beyond Fest for an evening of mischief, mayhem and soap as he records his latest podcast post screening.
Three years after Chuck Palahniuk’s caustic and unsettling first novel, FIGHT CLUB, bare-knuckled its way onto bookstands, David Fincher exploded his interpretation into theaters and hit unsuspecting moviegoers as hard as he could. The result was met with disdain from some, jubilation from others: here at Beyond Fest, we reside firmly in the latter camp.
You know the story… Insomniac Norton befriends soap salesman Pitt and together they create an 8-rule “club” to help cure their ills and provide pugilistic therapy for those afflicted with the same 21st century malaise. Rounding out the trio is the unforgettable Helena Bonham Carter who nearly steals the entire movie with her brilliantly dark portrayal of Marla Singer, cinemas quintessential anti-love interest.
Jeff Goldsmith will discuss at length the story behind FIGHT CLUB with FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls, exploring the creative process attached to transitioning Palahniuk’s apocalyptic masterpiece from the book to the screenplay to the big screen.
Jeff Goldsmith is the publisher of Backstory on the iPad and the host of “The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith” podcast in iTunes. He can be found on Twitter as @yogoldsmith.
Guests: Chuck Palahniuk & Jim Uhls
Director: David Fincher
Country: United States
Runtime: 139 minutes
“A film without a single redeeming quality, which may have to find its audience in hell.” Rex Reed – New York Observer
”FIGHT CLUB is the most frankly and cheerfully fascist big-star movie since Death Wish a celebration of violence in which the heroes write themselves a license to drink, smoke, screw and beat one another up.” Roger Ebert