Quentin Tarantino has been reflecting on a series of cinematic pictures to have impressed over the past ten years.
The Academy Award-winning director of films such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and more sat down with French publication Premiere in a new interview to discuss a wide-ranging topic of film values.
Having previously picked out Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk as his second favourite picture of the 2010s, Tarantino couldn’t hide his admiration for David Fincher’s 2010 effort The Social Network.
“It’s The Social Network, hands down,” Tarantino said in response to a question which asked for his favourite film of the last decade. “It is number one because it’s the best, that’s all! It crushes all the competition.”
The film, a biographical drama directed by Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, was based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires and follows the trials and tribulations in the founding and subsequent lawsuits around social networking website Facebook.
The film stars the likes of Jesse Eisenberg—who plays the role of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—as well as Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and more.
“In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns into the global social network known as Facebook,” the official film synopsis reads. “Six years later, he is one of the youngest billionaires ever, but Zuckerberg finds that his unprecedented success leads to both personal and legal complications when he ends up on the receiving end of two lawsuits, one involving his former friend (Andrew Garfield).”
Upon release, the film would go on to garner critical acclaim and subsequently earn eight nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Eisenberg. On an eventful night, The Social Network would go on to seal victory in the categories of Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.
“What attracted me to [the film project] had nothing to do with Facebook,” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said of the project. “The invention itself is as modern as it gets, but the story is as old as storytelling; the themes of friendship, loyalty, jealousy, class and power.”
Sorkin, however, would later suggest that the screenplay was not a direct adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book. “I was reading it and somewhere on page three I said yes. It was the fastest I said yes to anything … They wanted me to start right away. Ben and I were kind of doing our research at the same time, sort of along parallel lines.”
Adding: “Two or three times we’d get together. I’d go to Boston, or we’d meet in New York and kind of compare notes and share information, but I didn’t see the book until he was done with it. By the time I saw the book, I was probably 80 percent done with the screenplay.
“There’s a lot of available research, and I also did a lot of first person research with a number of the people that were involved in the story,” he continued. “I can’t go too deeply into that because most of the people did it on the condition of anonymity, but what I found was that two lawsuits were brought against Facebook at roughly the same time, that the defendant, plaintiffs, witnesses all came into a deposition room and swore under oath, and three different versions of the story were told. Instead of choosing one and deciding that’s the truest one or choosing one and deciding that’s the juiciest one, I decided to dramatize the idea that there were three different versions of the story being told. That’s how I came up with the structure of the deposition room.”
All that effort, it would seem, paid off.