Fight club (1999) | Doppelgangers at play

by Natalia Santos

David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999) | Doppelgangers at play

director: David Fincher

We are brought into the world of the subconscious, the world of madness or even mere solitude. As an audience, we have to be able to ‘let ourselves go’  for this one. (Fight Club quote, 1999) And delve into the world of self-awareness and self-realisation. In this film we  re pulled into Fitcher’s world of broken deposition, and morbid realisation.

The film creates characters of ghastly connections. They interlink. They educate. They breathe lights into each other. They hate. They’re real.  They’re basically human. From the narrator (Edward Norton), Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and Marla Singer (Helena Bonham-Carter) we are struck by colours of dazzling personas. In addition, one mustn’t forget  Fincher’s use of colour which is most memorising.  The audience are shown numerous shades of reds- for the character Tyler Durden. Almost clear cuttingly connotating his sense of desire to change the world. Leaving us with a sense of blazing passionate red to digest and delve into.

On the other hand, compared to the character of the narrator (Edward Norton), we are presented with various shades of blacks and darker more plainer colours. At the same time symbolising his dullness and dying soul. How his despair has reached a point of severe rescue. How his life resonates a state of isolated insomnia in need of light.

So, as Tyler can be seen in predominately classy reds, and the narrator in rather deserted blooms of black. The audience can use this as a source of interpretation – as the two doppergangers (oxymoron’s) in this example. Perhaps Light v Darkness | Death v Being Alive? Harmoniously bringing meaning to the new founded world of the spiritual, and how subconsciously – every human enters this transition. This transition of what you are v what you desire to be. And whether you take the flight to go on.

P.s this seemingly possibility of dobbelgangers can also be seen within the pair in The Prestige (2006)