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A Real Human Being and A Real hero : Stylistic Excess, Dead Time and Intensified Continuity in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

Journal article
Authors Anna Backman Rogers
Miklós Kiss
Published in New Cinemas
Volume 12
Issue 1-2
Pages 43-57(15)
ISSN 1474-2756
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 43-57(15)
Language en
Keywords Nicolas Winding Refn,pastiche,European auteurism,new sincerity,stylistic excess,genre
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts, Other Humanities


This article sets forth that Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011) exhibits a ‘complex transformation’ of an American film genre by foregrounding features associated with art cinema and, more specifically, European and auteur film-making. We argue that the film’s appeal derives precisely from an intelligent and cine-literate deployment of the tensions in this dichotomy of European/American film-making. As such, Drive is a film that foregrounds or reveals its own construction in a number of ways, but its appeal lies in the fact that it does not prevent intense emotional engagement on the part of the viewer. It is neither a cold exercise in mere style nor a simple copy of an earlier formula, but rather a film that manages to marry a number of narrative and stylistic features in such a way that the film itself, arguably, is not easy to categorize.

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