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Product Details

  • Series: BFI Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute; 1St Edition edition (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851707238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851707235
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's a model analysis of a film . . . shrewd observations . . . forensically perceptive." -- Empire

About the Author

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of many books and articles on the cinema, among which are Stars (new edition, 1998) and a volume on Brief Encounter in the BFI Film Classics series (1993).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "birdstuff" on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
the author has some truly fascinating observations about this movie (ie. 7 motif that appears throughout) and goes into great depth about many aspects of this film (ie. the editing of certain scenes and the effect of a specific technique). he also mentions several anecdotal bits of info that are interesting. for example, the studio wanted to soften and Hollywood-ize the ending but Brad Pitt had it in his contract that they could not change the original ending. this is a really good read if you're a fan of the film and also a solid sourcebook if your a film student. it also doesn't hurt that the author has since contributed to several of the audio commentaries on the special edition DVD of the film!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
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For any fan of the film "Seven" this book is a great companion piece that discusses different aspects and ideas about the movie, which stood out among the action/horror genre as outstanding. Though sometimes long-winded the book is very interesting in anaylizing the movie and features great color photos.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dash Manchette VINE VOICE on August 16, 2006
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The movie Se7en was an instance of a piece of work taking a tired and worn out genre to a whole new level, raising the bar for the genre thereafter. Both the plot and its execution were more intelligent, thought provoking and tightly presented than we are used to for movies with a subject matter open to cheapness and melodramatics.

Richard Dyer analyzes the movie in this monograph published as part of the British Film Institute's Modern Classics series. The movie incorporates the number seven into the details and this book maintains that pattern by presenting the analysis in seven chapters. It begins and ends on strong ground, providing the reader some excellent interpretations of key scenes that will allow a viewer to better appreciate the subtleties of the characters' interactions.

Dyer takes the position that the concept of sin infuses the movie and that this sin is inescapable. The movie is very unAmerican in tone, without even the promise of a happy ending. Interestingly, the producers did want to use a happier ending but this was thankfully vetoed, as Dyer points out, by Brad Pitt, who insisted on the original, darker ending.

The pervasiveness of sin is demonstrated by the two characters representing goodness. Tracy, the wife, is the embodiment of good in the film and we all know what happens to her. Somerset, the older detective, also represents goodness, and although he gets out in one piece, he is unable to stop evil from taking its course. Instead, he can only watch on.

Dyer missteps a couple times in this analysis. One instance of the number seven cropping up relates to the detail that Somerset is seven days from retirement. This is a tired cliche in movies.
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on February 1, 2002
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If, as I have suggested, the most successful in the BFI Classics and Modern Classics series are those written by critics and academics, than the very best are those by teachers. I would recommend Richard Dyer's brilliant monograph not just to admirers of David Fincher's celebrated film, but to anyone interested in getting the most out of their film-viewing. With facility and clarity, Dyer describes the mechanics of film-making - editing, sound-design and music, script, casting choices and performance style, camera movements and narrative pace, cinematography, mise-en-scene and imagery, location - and shows how they are all used to create meaning in 'Se7en'.
Dyer calls 'Se7en' 'a landscape of despair, a symphony of sin', a film 'extraordinarily un-American in its pessimism'. Appropriately dividing his study into 7 sibilantly-titled chapters, he examines it from an exhaustive number of angles. 'Se7en' is an archetypal serial killer movie that focuses on white male alienation in contemporary urban society, but is also a denial of the genre, refusing to demonise the murderer, suggesting he is simply an over-enthusiastic law-enforcer with the same attitude to the corruption of modern urban life as the policemen. Dyer shows how, through dialogue, script-structure and editing, the killer is connected to both detectives pursuing him. He shows how Andrew Kevin Walker's brilliantly constructed script both imposes order on unmanagable violence and despair, and denies it (I can't say how just in case you haven't seen the film). He examines the notion of 'sin' in a post-modern, post-religious world, with the minimal possibilities of salvation - religion, culture, human goodness - offered. He is particularly good on his own areas of expertise - star personae, race and sexuality.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "abrand" on February 25, 2000
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If you are not religeous, then don't let that turn you away from this BFI Modern Classic. The whole book is a fascinating look into all of the different aspects of the film. Each chapter goes greatly in depth to the details in the film that matter.
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