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‘The Social Network’ and its secret club settings

HollywoodNews.com: Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of David Fincher’s upcoming film “The Social Network” about the creation of Facebook, received an inside look at Harvard’s private student clubs while researching the feature.

Sorkin adapted Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires” about Facebook pioneers Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin for the film. Thanks to Mezrich, Sorkin got to see what life was like at the Ivy League school’s men-only clubs, which are a crucial part of the film’s setting.

Page Six had the story:

“Saverin — who later sued Zuckerberg over credit for co-founding Facebook — was a member of Harvard’s Phoenix Club; Zuckerberg wanted to be a member but never got in. Twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, members of the prestigious Porcellian Club, hired Zuckerberg to develop their social-networking Web site, ConnectU. Zuckerberg instead developed what is now Facebook.”

In addition to interviewing the clubs’ members, Sorkin witnessed certain taboo rituals, i.e. the “[bleep] truck” that would deliver girls from all-girls’ schools around Boston to Harvard parties. A hazing ritual for Phoenix Club included prospective members being judged on how gorgeous their dates were.

At the Porcellian house, Sorkin and Mezrich observed the building’s ‘mirror system,’ which lets members on the inside observe pedestrians on the street without their knowledge.

“The Social Network” stars Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Rashida Jones, and bows at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24.


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