The Social Network’s Unforgettable Opening Scene

“Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?”

The first line of David Fincher’s The Social Network starts at the 16 second mark, just as the Columbia Pictures logo rolls, and just as we slowly fade into the middle of Mark Zuckerberg and Erica Albright’s whirlwind date. (Whirlwind as in the speed at which they talk, NOT that they’re “in love.”) Where are we? In a bar. When are we? Boston 2003, at the intersection of Harvard and – as far as the tech-wunderkind Zuckerberg is concerned – the rest of the world. Continue reading