"We are the middle children of history, with no
purpose or place. We have no great war, or great depression. The
great war is a spiritual war. The great depression is our lives.
We were raised by television to believe that we'd be millionaires
and movie gods and rock stars -- but we won't. And we're learning
that fact. And we're very, very pissed-off."
Review by Simon Remark
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by David Fincher
Screenplay by Jim Uhls
Book by Chuck Palahniuk
Pitt .... Tyler Durden
Edward Norton .... Narrator
Helena Bonham Carter .... Marla Singer
Meat Loaf .... Robert "Bob" Paulsen
Jared Leto .... Angel Face
Zach Grenier .... Richard Chesler - Regional Manager
by Ross Grayson Bell (producer), Ceán Chaffin (producer), John
S. Dorsey (associate producer), Art Linson (producer), Arnon Milchan
Original music by The Dust Brothers: John King and Michael Simpson
Cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth
Film Editing by Jim Haygood
for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior,
sexuality and language.
Argentina:140 / Australia:139 / Belgium:139 / Finland:140 / France:135
/ Germany:134 / Israel:140 / Japan:139 / Norway:140 / Sweden:139
/ UK:138 / USA:139
Club: Original Motion Picture Score [SOUNDTRACK] The Dust Brothers
1. Who Is Tyler Durden? 2. Homework 3. What Is Fight Club? 4. Single
Serving Jack 5. Corporate World 6. Psycho Boy Jack 7. Hessel, Raymond
K. 8. Medulla Oblongata 9. Jack's Smirking Revenge 10. Stealing Fat
11. Chemical Burn 12. Marla 13. Commissioner Castration 14. Space
Monkeys 15. Finding the Bomb
Fight Club and the Philosophy of William James "I see in fight club
the strongest and smartest men who have ever lived -- an entire generation
pumping gas and waiting tables; or they're slaves with white collars.
Advertisements have them chasing cars and clothes, working jobs they
hate so they can buy shit they don't need. We are the middle children
of history, with no purpose or place. We have no great war, or great
depression. The great war is a spiritual war. The great depression
is our lives. We were raised by television to believe that we'd be
millionaires and movie gods and rock stars -- but we won't. And we're
learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed-off." This Tyler Durden
monologue sums up the angst of the young members of fight club; a
generation ruled by capitalism and materialism, searching for spiritual
(Edward Norton) hates his life. His sense of self is rooted in his
condo, his clothes, and his Ikea furniture-he is the man that Tyler
Durden describes in the previous diatribe; he works a job he hates
so he can buy shit he doesn't need. Jack is miserable, he can't sleep.
His insomnia suggests that his life lacks substance. He says, "With
insomnia, nothing is real. Everything is far away. Everything is a
copy of a copy of a copy."
begins frequenting support groups so he can cry along with men plagued
with testicular cancer, and women who are about to die lonely; at
testicular cancer, Jack sobs nestled into the breasts of an enormous
former bodybuilder (singer Meatloaf) who has been pumped full of estrogen.
It is here that he finds freedom; he says, "Losing all hope was freedom."
is finally able to sleep at night until he notices another "tourist"
the various support groups, Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter). She
is a mirror image of him, yet he despises her. Philosopher William
James says, "It is one of the strangest laws of our nature that many
things which we are well satisfied with in ourselves disgust us when
seen in others."
life takes a drastic turn when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt).
Durden's ideologies are antithetical to Jack's, the two are at opposite
ends of the spectrum: while Jack represents the material self, Durden
represents the spiritual self. When Jack returns home from a business
trip and finds out his condo exploded while he was gone, he
calls Tyler for a place to stay. While the two chat over a pitcher
of beer Durden explains to Jack that the "things you own end up owning
you," suggesting that losing all his belongings may have been the
best thing that ever happened to Jack. From this point on Durden helps
Jack develop his spiritual self. Jack moves into a dingy home where
he has nothing: No more Ikea furniture, no C.K. clothes or DKNY shoes.
and Durden then develop fight club. Jack says, "You weren't alive
anywhere like you were there." Fight club allows Jack and Durden,
along with dozens of other young men, to abandon the rules of society,
to transcend cultural norms, and become more human. In becoming more
human, Jack moves further from the material self and closer to the
commenting on the self, William James writes, "Everything added to
the Self is a burden as well as a pride. A certain man who lost every
penny during our civil war went and actually rolled in the dust, saying
he had not felt so free and happy since he was born." James further
quotes Carlyle who says, "Make thy claim of wages a zero, then hast
thou the world under thy feet. Well did the wisest of our time write,
it is only with renunciation that life, properly speaking, can be
said to begin."
life properly begins when he renounces everything. It isn't until
he loses everything that he gains something: spiritual fulfillment.
Jack is quite similar to the man in the previous quote, but instead
of rolling in the dust, he rolls in the blood of other young men
seeking the same spiritual gratification, at fight club.
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