Valhalla Rising and the Demythologization of Male Violence

In a reworking of some analysis from his Master’s thesis, Christopher J. Olson presents his analysis of Nicholas Winding Refn’s existential film Valhalla Rising. In his analysis, Chris argues that Refn portrays a violent version of masculinity in order to critique globalized popular culture’s tendency to portray men in such rigid and limited ways. Read…

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.

Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers: A Presentation

Christopher Olson of DePaul University presents an analysis of the depiction of masculinity in the films of Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn: Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers ppt. For more information, you can contact him at chrstphrolson@gmail.com.