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The career of Nicolas Winding Refn, director of 'Drive' and 'Only God Forgives' - Grantland

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n a return to English-language movies, Bronson was Refn sacking up and anteing up again. It was also the start of a new era, in a couple of ways. In the beginning, he believed in his own infallibility. "Early on, it's punk rock," Refn says. "You have to have that Johnny Ramone attitude. You have to not know any other scenario than, ofcourse you're going to be a wild success." When Pusher hit big in Denmark, he remembers thinking, Yeah, that's the truth. The failure of Fear X stripped that away.

"I realized, 'You're making films for the wrong reasons, pal,'" he says. "You're making them for your own vanity. So it was essential: I freed myself from the most destructive weapon of creativity, which is your ego. And I said, well, if I'm not going to make films like that, then I'll make them like a pornographer."

He's not joking. With Bronson, he hit upon what he calls his "pinup magazine" approach: "I just make images that arouse me, and juxtapose story confrontations that I make up along the way. It's purely, simply eroticism."

I had never heard of him before. Thanks for the writeup, Jared.

Bronson is an awesome movie.  Drive is too.  I failed as a movie fan to make the connection before this article.

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