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Fincher vs. Eastwood

September 22, 2011

The trailers for two highly anticipated films surfaced this week. Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo feature the work of two directors in their prime tackling big subject matter. Hoover is Eastwood’s first collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio who was cast in the titular role. Eastwood is working once again in historical mode covering the life of Hoover from childhood through his 50 years as the big fish in federal law enforcement up until his time under Nixon. Hoover was a divisive figure in American politics (to put it mildly), credited with founding the FBI, modernizing police technology, rampantly abusing his power, illegally collecting information and evidence, maintaining files on dissidents and waging war on gangsters, Communists, radicals and anyone else who got in his way. Hoover was also rumored to have a taste for ladies wear and cross-dressing, which further complicates the man behind the shawl. The film looks like one of the epic, sprawling masterpieces that Eastwood is becoming quite skilled at directing.

On the other side of the coin, Fincher is coming off a massive victory for his birth of Facebook-inspired Social Network to direct a film adaptation of the popular Swedish novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher is reuniting with his regular musical collaborator Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails for a look into the secret life of a wealthy Swedish family and the disappearance of one of their own. Daniel Craig plays the journalist who teams up with a young private investigator in this sexually charged thriller.

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