The Pestle


Ep 39: “Se7en”

April 24, 2018

We dive into David Fincher’s 1995 masterpiece “Seven” and discuss:

  • character arcs;
  • cinematography & camerawork, including one simple but brilliant foreshadowing technique;
  • psychological violence;
  • symbolism;
  • and much more!

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Notes & References:
David Fincher video essay – Every Frame a Painting

Film Analysis:

After the Greed killing Somerset & Mills ponder over the meaning of the wife’s eyes having the glasses placed on them, ultimately arriving at the idea that there’s something she’s supposed to see but hasn’t seen yet.


In a light visual callback to the wife’s photo, we can see that Mills is now framed with his eyes in the cage, a subtle foreshadowing that there’s something that he hasn’t seen yet.

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  1. Joe from Hawaii says:

    Great podcast, as usual! Time for something light now, and I appreciate to shoutout! Love the podcast 🙂

    1. wes says:

      Thanks, Joe! 😀

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