The 93-minute documentary, entitled “How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?,” gives an insider’s look at the latest film from eccentric director David Fincher, and is currently available on IMDB.com, or on Time Warner Cable’s “On Demand” — though that’s only accessible if you live in Los Angeles and New York.
Those of you who still purchase physical disks (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you) will also have access to the documentary, along with a slew of other special features, which are exclusive to the Blu-ray version.
The documentary is split into four parts, which are:
Backstage with Fincher and his cast, viewers are given a glimpse of Hollywood most often left on the cutting room floor: the reportedly 60 to 70 takes the notoriously persnickety Fincher demands from his lead actor, 27-year-old Jesse Eisenberg.
Other must-see ‘making-of’ bits include a bit of on-set joke-telling, script readings and rehearsals, as well as interviews with the cast.
Obviously, the documentary’s online release is part of a public relations push for The Social Network, which has been nominated “Best Picture” Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, and is currently running neck-and-neck with The King’s Speech.
Another slightly annoying fact is that the movie is not embeddable. And since they are giving it away for free, there’s not much room to complain.
The only person who might find reason to gripe is the film’s real-life subject, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has expressed less-than-pleased feelings about The Social Network‘s portrayal of how the uber-popular social networking site came into existence. But considering Zuckerberg joined Jesse Eisenberg on-stage during last weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” we’re guessing even he’s made his peace with getting the Hollywood treatment.