Christopher Olson’s writing on the portrayal of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn moves into a focus on one characteristics that seems to define what a “real man” is: stoicism. The strong, silent type. The man who acts instead of speaks. We see it all the time in our pop culture, and Olson makes the argument that Refn is drawing upon this notion in constructing the men of Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Drive.
Read it all at Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part II.
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