Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part IV

Christopher Olson continues his discussion of the construction of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn by analyzing the violent portrayal of the main characters.  Does this type of portrayal glorify or condemn such violence?  Stay tuned for Olson’s thoughts on just that issue.  Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity:…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part III

In this third part of his analysis of how the Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn portrays masculinity in his films, Christopher Olson deconstructs the films to understand how Refn creates men that reflect this idealized notion of individualism as an important characteristic of men. Read all about how this applies to Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive in Nicolas…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part I

As part of his master’s thesis, Christopher Olson is considering how Nicolas Winding Refn is creating and depicting a stable notion of masculinity in his films; specifically, in Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Drive.  In this blog post, he explores what is Refn’s notion of a mythical masculinity, and how he begins to develop and…

Language and Masculinity in the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

This video essay by Christopher J. Olson explores how four movies from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn depict the relationship between how much men speak and the requirements for being masculine. via Language and Masculinity in the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn.