'Mindhunter:' David Fincher and 'Damaged Psyches'

"How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?"
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Mindhunter is Netflix's Most Binge-Worthy Show Yet

David Fincher returns to Netflix with Mindhunter, a rigorous study of the damaged psyches of serial killers and the innovative FBI agents who attempt to understand and catch them.

The series follows FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) as he struggles to comprehend incarcerated killers, so that he might use this knowledge to catch others. He's teamed with experienced agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in the Behavioral Science Unit and will work with his (sometimes) reluctant partner to find new methods of investigation.

Together they meet some of America's gravest killers—and face the cynicism and scorn of the tradition-bound hierarchy of the 1970s Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ford will risk empathizing with "evil" in order to save lives. But, as Tench says, when arguing the case for their work: "How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?"

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Fincher says, "I liked the idea of somebody saying that the only way to fight something we can’t understand—that we consider beneath our dignity—is to meet it with the humanistic understanding that this is, however perverse, a part of us."

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"I said many times as we were in the process of making this, 'Wait a minute, we're making this show about serial killers. We're not making this show for serial killers,'" Fincher tells Eliana Dockterman. "Everyone wants to be as detail-oriented as possible, but at a certain point you have to ask yourself, 'There is a prurient nature to this. Are we feeding that? Do we want to know more about humanity or do we want to know about inhumanity?' That's always a hard question." To read the full interview, click here.

To watch Fincher interviewed by Charlie Rose, click here.

To watch a video about the postproduction workflow for the series, click here.



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