What's in the Ice Box? A Love Letter to David Fincher's Fridges

Fincher is a man of details, so let's look at one of his most recurring calling cards.

David Fincher Fridges
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There are a couple of words that come to mind when I think of director David Fincher. Cold is one of them. Bleak is another. He is, as The New York Times proclaimed: a purveyor of beautiful bummers. But in my opinion, one of the biggest descriptors in the word cloud is precise.

Fincher’s films are controlled, almost to the point of being clinical. He’s not the type to waste an on-screen opportunity and makes every detail count. Now, this is, ostensibly, true of most films. Directors have a great deal of control over what finally winds up in the frame, from lighting to prevalent colors to the mise-en-scène. But Fincher feels different in that I expect him to be exacting and intentional in a way I don’t of other directors.

So, when a recurring detail presents itself in a Fincher film, you’d be forgiven for digging into its metaphorical significance. And sometimes a fridge is more than just a fridge. Yes, in Fincher’s cool, calculating hands, this commonplace appliance is anything but common. What we eat says a lot about who we are, and fridges have a way of hinting at more than just our grocery habits. From questioning domesticity to humanizing protagonists (and dehumanizing others), here’s a look at the many meaningful fridges in the work of David Fincher:

Watch “What’s in the Box? David Fincher’s Fridges”:

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