The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Breaking Convention

“There was really no way to take what Larsson had written and get it into three acts. And so we sort of had to make our peace with the idea of a five-act structure.” This is David Fincher referring to the unconventional approach to adapting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the screen. In this video essay, Michael examines some of the abnormalities that make this film’s story structure unique and ultimately frees it from some narrative constraints imposed by the 3-act structure.



Unconventional Story Structure

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David Fincher

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo