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Dragon Tattoo: Craig Defends Poster Nudity; Selling Film with Brutality, Sweden Learns from Fincher

by Sophia Savage
July 18, 2011 5:44 AM
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News bites on David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo will keep on coming until the December 21 release. Now, it's Daniel Craig defending the controversial poster with a topless Rooney Mara. Why shouldn't we be offended? "People have opinions about it, but I think it sort of works as a poster because [Rooney] looks great."

Well, he's missing the point entirely: “The biggest issue is sex — and it’s like, there’s nothing offensive about [he poster].” Here is the poster, complete with a healthy dose of comments debating -- among other things -- the pornification of Lisbeth Salander. It's not the sex that's offensive, it's the objectification that's so contrary to Salander's character.

Here's more from Craig on the shocking violence in Dragon Tattoo, of which he's seen "only minutes," but which stays true to the Millennium series' grit and brutality.

As Variety puts it, "far from softening or sentimentalizing the material for American tastes, signs are that Fincher's pushing the visceral anger and Swedish nihilism of Stieg Larsson's books to new extremes," which Sony hopes will lure even the original films' loyalists to the theaters. As for Fincher and his crew taking on the franchise and bringing his crews to Sweden (where they shot for weeks), Charlotta Denward, head of production at the Swedish Film Institute, confirms "everyone is 100% positive about it. It's very special for Swedish crews, to learn how Hollywood does it."

Variety also agrees with us that the original Swedish films were far from cinematic perfection (given their TV roots) but that Noomi Rapace elevated them and is due significant credit for their surprising success. Hollywood has rewarded Rapace with a significant role in Sherlock Holmes 2.

3 Comments

  • Stephanie | September 16, 2011 11:40 AMReply

    While I"m not a fan of nudity- at all. I do agree that this poster beautifully expresses both Lisbeth and Mikael. Lisbeth's mechanical attitude toward sex, and the nakedness (figuratively) she fights having with Mikael. As well as the future vulnerability we will sees from her character in the other books/movies. As for Mikael this shows his desire to protect Lisbeth from various things that arise through the first book and continues through the series as well as the conflict of not being able to fully cover her (with protection) as she is a very walled person. I love this poster

  • Malcolm Boura | July 19, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    How exactly does the poster objectivise any more than any photograph of a celebrity trying to make an impression? A photograph of Wayne Rooney in his football kit is objectivising him as an "object" good at kicking a football. All too often "objectivism" is just a smoke screen for "prudery" and prudery results in widespread and often serious harm. It is not coincidence that the USA has ten times the teenage pregnancy rate of Denmark.

  • mary | July 18, 2011 6:29 AMReply

    In the interview, Daniel Craig also said that the poster 'sort of really illustrates the two characters in the movie very well'.

    I believe what Daniel Craig said is true, becuase David Fincher designed the poster himself. Therefore, the poster should indicate what Lisbeth Salander would really be in the David Fincher's film. In the other words, if you don't like the poster, then David Fincher's film may not be your cup of tea.

    Personally, I'm not offended by the poster ( I'm more offened by the degrading view on women in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "The Ugly Truth").

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