FOTOCINEMA. Revista científica de cine y fotografía, No 14 (2017)

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Reconfigurations of the classical hero in the digital age: Aaron Sorkin’s the Social Network and Steve Jobs

Marta Frago

Resumen


The movies The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010) and Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle, 2015) are biographies of two outstanding figures in the digital revolution: the young multimillionaire Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, and the famous co-founder and executive chairman of Apple, Steve Jobs. Written by the renowned screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, what these two movies have in common is that they present different orders or layers of meaning, allowing us to see beyond the life of the protagonists in the interpretation. Sorkin, in both stories, delves deeply into the psychological characteristics of the geniuses. In addition, in both cases, he creates a dramatic character, which can be identified with archetypes and familiar figures from western narrative, the tragic hero and the narcissist. But additionally, he shows these characters as icons of our times and through them presents a reflection on nowadays and the impact the digital revolution has had in the last few decades.

 

Resumen:

Las películas The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010) y Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle, 2015) son biografías de dos figuras relevantes de la revolución digital: el joven multimillonario Mark Zuckerberg, cofundador y CEO de Facebook, y el famoso cofundador y presidente ejecutivo de Apple Inc. Escritas por el reconocido guionista Aaron Sorkin, estas dos películas tienen en común que presentan diferentes estratos o capas de significado, permitiendo ir más allá de la vida de sus protagonistas en la interpretación. Sorkin, en ambas historias, ahonda en los rasgos psicológicos del genio. Por otro lado, y en ambos casos, crea  un personaje dramático universal, al que cabe identificar con arquetipos y figuras reconocibles en la narrativa occidental, como el héroe trágico y el narciso. Pero además, trabaja a estos personajes como iconos de nuestro tiempo y a través de ellos da pie a una reflexión sobre el tiempo presente y el impacto que supone la revolución digital en las últimas décadas.

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