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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2011 at 5:44AM

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."
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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.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, IN THE WORKS, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Remake, Action


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.