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See David Fincher’s masterful true crime thriller ZODIAC at Vintage Park this December

If you’re a fan of true crime and you’ve never seen ZODIAC, you’re missing out on one of the greatest crime procedurals ever filmed.

See David Fincher’s masterful true crime thriller ZODIAC at Vintage Park this December

In 1995, director David Fincher defined the serial killer movie with his film SE7EN – writing the film language that most, if not all, films about serial killers have followed since. In 2007, Fincher returned to the genre for what is arguably his masterpiece, ZODIAC.

It was the script by James Vanderbilt that lured Fincher back to the genre. Vanderbilt had first read Robert Graysmith’s book “Zodiac” while in high school during the ‘80s. The story of Graysmith, a cartoonist who tried to match wits with the serial killer who had kept San Francisco in terror across two decades, set off Vanderbilt’s imagination and as soon as he had any clout in Hollywood, Vanderbilt knew he had to make ZODIAC his next project. Fincher and Vanderbilt spent years exhaustively researching the facts surrounding the case – interviewing every surviving person who had any connection to the murders or investigation. For Fincher, the exhaustive research was an obligation he could not ignore – the film, told mainly through the perspective of Graysmith, would offer something resembling an answer to case that, to this day, remains unsolved. Fincher, in his research, became an amateur detective and his production’s research even turned up a few new clues regarding the murders.

Fincher’s attention to detail did not end when the cameras started to roll. Fincher has always been known as a precise director – paying special focus to every single detail within a frame. For a film set during the ‘60s and ‘70s in one of America’s most famous cities, the impetus was extra high for Fincher to get the facts right. From reprinting months of old newspapers – every single page, even if the audience would never see them – to airlifting trees and nailing weeds to the ground to reconstruct a murder scene at a beach that no longer existed, Fincher knew that the film’s authenticity could be made or broken by the smallest details. Even if the audience would never notice the small touches Fincher and his team added to the film’s sets, the actors inhabiting those sets would notice and the extra mile in production design could, and did, elevate the cast’s performance.

ZODIAC features an all-star cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Graysmith, Mark Ruffalo as SFPD Inpsector David Toschi (the real life inspiration for both Harry Callahan and Frank Bullitt) and Robert Downey, Jr as Paul Avery, the lead reporter covering the murders who found himself getting a bit closer to the killer than he would have preferred. The film is paced with an amazing array of character actors in supporting roles, including Brian Cox, Chloë Sevigny, Elias Koteas, Dermot Mulroney and Philip Baker Hall.

Join us on Monday, December 30 at Vintage Park for a screening of ZODIAC. A movie this rich and layered deserves to be seen on the big screen – where every detail can be studied and pored over. ZODIAC is a movie in which nothing is an accident. Every shot, every touch, every line is a meticulously planned choice from David Fincher and his team. There is one shot of Gyllenhaal throwing a book across his car that took 36 takes!

If you’re a fan of true crime and you’ve never seen ZODIAC, you’re missing out on one of the greatest crime procedurals ever filmed – a precisely told, chillingly authentic look at one of the closest things humanity has ever known to the boogeyman.  If you’ve already seen ZODIAC, you know how great the movie is and I can’t wait to watch it with you again this December at Vintage Park.

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